The creator of the world wide web has been surprised by the amount of cats on the internet he revealed, as he took question from web users 25 years after creating the platform.
Time Berners-Lee, who was born in London, UK, answered queries on what has surprised him most about the web, what our future impressions of the internet will be and what will it be like in 25 years.
The probing was part of a Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) this week, as his creation celebrated its birthday.
Berners-Lee started off his AMA setting the scene from 25 years ago.
He said: “On March 12, 1989 I submitted my proposal for the World Wide Web. 25 years later, I’m amazed to see the many great things it’s achieved – transforming the way we talk, share and create. As we celebrate the Web’s 25th birthday (see webat25.org), I want us all to think about its future and ask how we can help make it a truly open, secure and creative platform – available to everyone.”
Here are some of the best questions and answers:
Q: What was one of the things you never thought the internet would be used for, but has actually become one of the main reasons people use the internet?
Q: Edward Snowden: Hero or Villain?
A: Because he: had no other alternative; engaged as a journalist / with a journalist to be careful of how what was released; provided an important net overall benefit to the world.
I think he should be protected, and we should have ways of protecting people like him. Because we can try to design perfect systems of government, and they will never be perfect, and when they fail, then the whistleblower may be all that saves society.
Q: What web browser do you use?
A: My default browser at the moment is Firefox. I also use Safari, Opera and Chrome each a reasonable amount. Firefox has the Tabulator plugin which does neat things with linked data.
If I am running a latest version of that (I check it straight out of github) which can be unstable, I’ll use one of the others for things which need to be stable. Joe Presbrey ported the plugin to Chrome too BTW
Q: Why does no one mention Robert Cailliau anymore when it comes to the www? Didn’t both of you invent it?