Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

Tim Berners-Lee on the Making of New Worlds

View as: Print Mobile App Share:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee encourages everyone to try coding.

Credit: Getty

Sir Tim Berners-Lee on Sunday delivered the keynote address at the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin, Tex., emphasizing the need to fight for an open Internet.

Open Web platform HTML5 is Berners-Lee's current focus, he says, noting that "this is a platform for all kinds of massive platform innovation...It’s also cool because it lets you program for a browser--and browsers run everywhere."

Two digital divides now exist, Berners-Lee says--the traditional gap between those with access to technology and those without, and an emerging chasm between people who code and people who do not. Although conceding that some people are better disposed for coding than others, Berners-Lee encourages everyone to try.

In the future of the Internet, Berners-Lee says "the sky is the limit" with HTML5 as people begin creating new platforms on top of the open Web platform. "We’re making new worlds. We’re building new societies. And we’re going to have to make some very powerful, democratic, fair societies for the future, or we won’t be able to solve the massive problems that we have out there," he says.

From The Washington Post
View Full Article


Abstracts Copyright © 2013 Information Inc., Bethesda, Maryland, USA


No entries found

Sign In for Full Access
» Forgot Password? » Create an ACM Web Account