The Summer Olympics held in London in July 2012 featured British Sir Tim Berners-Lee in their opening ceremonies. Berners-Lee is the computer programmer who invented the World Wide Web (www) in 1989, at the age of 33-years-old. His vision was to make the web free and a resource globally accessible to everyone. His goal was realized and known today as a global revolution in communication.
The Olympic opening ceremony extravaganza show visualized how digital communications have become part of everyday life. They told a story in musical form about a pair of teenagers who find each other by social networking on their mobile phones. At the end of the song, a house structure rises into the air. Berners-Lee once inside the house sits at a desk live-tweeting this message: This is for everyone #london2012 #oneweb #openingceremony@webfoundation @w3c. Simultaneously the same message flashed around the stadium on lit-up tablets attached to the seats of 70,500 people in the audience. An estimated one billion television viewers saw this message. This celebration honored Sir Tim Berners-Lee's work that he donated to develop the web for the world.
It has not been common knowledge as to who did invent the World Wide Web. We laugh when we hear a statement from former Vice President Al Gore's claim to fame. Others think it originated with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency or Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. One of Berner-Lee's colleagues states, "The reason Sir Tim Berners-Lee is not a household name is because of Tim." This project is not about him. It is to be for everyone.
Two things Tim did in the beginning of his creation: 1) He designed the World Wide Web, and 2) He built an institution that could help the World Wide Web grow.
His goal was not to make money off of his innovation. He wanted it to be free to all who would use it as a viable resource, uninhibited by sociological status.
The documentary ForEveryone.Net directed by filmmaker Jessica Yu is the compelling story about the origins of the World Wide Web, it's creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and his journey to hold on to his vision for one of the most important innovations of all time. His creation is being threatened. Governments want to control it and make it selective. Tim's story now asks the question, "Will we fight for the Web we want or let it be taken away?"
Note: There is an opportunity for us to take action and make a difference and join the Net Neutrality, Internet Rights Conversation through Tim's organization, visit: webfoundation.org/w3.org