Two decades on, we must preserve the internet as a tool of democracy
Posted in: Governance at 19/01/2014 20:45
If the internet is the road system for the digital world, then the world wide web is the car - the tool we use daily for work and play. It seems almost impossible to remember what unconnected life was like; some of us are old enough to remember living without the web, old enough to have used typewriters at university, microfiches in the school library and can recall the first mention of something called "Hotmail".
It is nearly 25 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote his initial proposal for a distributed information system based on hypertext, in March 1989. "Vague, but exciting," was how supervisor Mike Sendall greeted the idea, proposed to help connect the work of several thousand atom-smashing scientists, researchers and administrators at Cern - the European home of nuclear research and the large hadron collider.