I had no idea that today was a very special day. It is the 25th anniversary of the Internet. According to Google’s Blog, twenty five years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee sent out a proposal to improve information flows: “a ‘web’ of notes with links between them.”
Happy Birthday to our dear friend the Internet. You have revolutionized the way we get our news, find our weather, talk to our friends, get directions, and even discuss our geeky passions. Most of us can’t live with the way we connected to you from ten years ago. We now must take you with us no matter where we go. Thank you for all you give us.
Below is an excerpt from the Google Blog post about the this. It is guest written by the father of the internet, Sir Tim Berners-Lee (funny I thought it was Al Gore who created the internet- LOL). To read the whole article, you can go to the Google Blog- here.
How has this happened? By design, the underlying Internet and the WWW are non-hierarchical, decentralized and radically open. The web can be made to work with any type of information, on any device, with any software, in any language. You can link to any piece of information. You don’t need to ask for permission. What you create is limited only by your imagination.
So today is a day to celebrate. But it’s also an occasion to think, discuss—and do. Key decisions on the governance and future of the Internet are looming, and it’s vital for all of us to speak up for the web’s future. How can we ensure that the other 60 percent around the world who are not connected get online fast? How can we make sure that the web supports all languages and cultures, not just the dominant ones? How do we build consensus around open standards to link the coming Internet of Things? Will we allow others to package and restrict our online experience, or will we protect the magic of the open web and the power it gives us to say, discover, and create anything? How can we build systems of checks and balances to hold the groups that can spy on the net accountable to the public? These are some of my questions—what are yours?
On the 25th birthday of the web, I ask you to join in—to help us imagine and build the future standards for the web, and to press for every country to develop a digital bill of rights to advance a free and open web for everyone. Learn more at webat25.org and speak up for the sort of web we really want with #web25. (Google’s Blog)
Stay Geeky My Friends!