We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.
Everybody who runs a Web site knows we're not assured of compatibility.
People keep asking me what I think of it now that it's done. Hence my protest: The Web is not done!
They may call it a home page, but it's more like the gnome in somebody's front yard than the home itself.
Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design.
Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch.
Whether it is a turning point in societal evolution depends not only on the technology.. but also how we use it! The web does give us lots more choices about how we organize ourselves.
What we believe, endorse, agree with, and depend on is representable and, increasingly, represented on the Web. We all have to ensure that the society we build with the Web is the sort we intend.
Tim Berners-Lee in Weaving The Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web (2004)
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Technology innovation is starting to explode and having open-source material out there really helps this explosion. You get students and researchers involved and you get people coming through and building start ups based on open source products.
If I had taken a proprietary control of the Web, then it would never have taken off. People only committed their time to it because they knew it was open, shared: that they could help decide what would happen to it next and I wouldn't be raking off 10%!