For its 20th anniversary, the man who invented the World Wide Web sounds a warning
Totalitarian governments. Cable monopolies. Magazine smartphone apps. The walled gardens of giant social networking sites. And Apple's (AAPL) iTunes music store.
These are some of the things Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the World Wide Web in December 1990 -- on one of Steve Jobs' NeXT computers, we might add -- cites as threats to its survival.
The Web, he writes in a long Scientific American article posted Friday, was built on principles of openness and egalitarianism and three simple protocols: HTML, HTTP and the URL (which he calls the URI).
Not using these open standards, he warns, creates closed worlds. Like iTunes:
|American Airlines, US Airways to form largest air carrier Monday|
|'Volcker rule' finally at finish line|
|2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack|
|Where should you put your money now?|
|Boost for trade as global deal struck|