I find it fascinating that the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is not a household name. As someone who uses the web nearly 95% of my day, I’m almost ashamed that I didn’t really know who Berners-Lee was until a friend sparked my interest a few weeks ago.
Since the early 90’s, the WWW has become so ubiquitous it’s almost hard to conceptualize that it started in the brain of one human. It would feel more natural if someone told me the web started with a flash of bright light or some other magical entrance. It’s even more difficult for me to envision an office during the pre-internet era where employees somehow function without the web or computers. What did people do all day?
Berners-Lee is on a mission to protect the web. He agreed to participate in a documentary if it would help promote the concept of Net Neutrality. The principle that ISPs should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites.
Could you imagine a web where some websites are only accessible with certain premium subscriptions? Heck no!
I recommend everyone take a moment to watch this interview and hear directly from the person who gave us our job.