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Berners-Lee: Web Access for All

Web Foundation · September 19, 2010

Web inventor and Web Foundation founder Tim Berners-Lee spoke last week at the Nokia World conference in London (see Nokia post, BBC article, among many others).  As usually, he made a number of interesting points:

Web as a basic human right:

  • Tim noted that the Web connects people and information.   These connections make it more likely that people will provide, seek out and collaboratively create solutions. The Web can serve as a vehicle for solutions to some of the developing world’s biggest problems.

Basic Web access is a real value:

  • Low-bandwidth, bandwidth-frugal applications, and simple devices may be a great place to start for people in any country with limited means. Even simple access to the Web can accelerate change within a village or a country.

Local content, local languages, sensitive to literacy

  • If Web content does not improve a person’s life, if the content is not in a language they read, or if their reading skills are not great, the Internet and the Web are of little use.  The Web Foundation is working to stimulate the generation of locally-valuable content that can can be created and consumed by the diversity of people who populate the planet.

What are your priorities for making the Web more available, useful and usable for more people?

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  1. allela arthur kenya industrial research centre

    November 7, 2010

    i remember attending one of his lectures when he visited kenya and got something that changed my perspective on the impact point of the web. that , this is something that should be thought of from the point of view of how can improve such things as life in my community and my family an observation of the organicities of everyday life . i would think going forward what would be key is realizing a functional approach, applying the the vast information of the internet and its impact and interface points. moving away from a systems perspective to a process oriented one


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