April 2014 marks a quarter of a century since internet visionary Tim Berners Lee created the World Wide Web – the single most influential idea that has impacted the daily lives of every citizen on this earth. Quite simply, the world, and generations of its citizens have had their lives transformed by it.
Recently named one of Time magazine’s “Top 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” Sir Tim’s brainchild literally transformed the way people across the globe buy and sell; learn and teach, and collaborate in artistic, political, literary, musical, scientific and educational forums.
When challenged to recall how businesses used to communicate with customers and colleagues before the web, or how they connected between international offices or tracked and stored data, it’s almost impossible to imagine a world before information was accessible at the touch of a key.
From train timetables to geo-political revolutions; from life-saving medical inventions to composing music, anything is possible – without leaving your seat – thanks to Sir Tim Berners Lee’s evolutionary creation.
As a keynote speaker, few people have as much authority on the future of technology as the humble Sir Tim, who never personally profitted from his invention.
Featured on the cover of Wired UK in 2014, Sir Tim talked about the need to decentralise the web, and how his next challenge will be to build a Web for open, linked data, that will do for numbers what the current Web has done for video, images and words, by unlocking it and reframing the way it’s used by everyone. He is at the forefront of where the Web is going and how businesses and societies will harness it for our future.
"The Web must remain a universal medium, open to all and not biasing the information it conveys. As the technology becomes ever more powerful and available, using more kinds of devices, I hope we learn how to use it as a medium for working together, and resolving misunderstandings on every scale."
- Sir Tim Berners-Lee
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