I’m a passionate advocate of open standards and, if its based on open standards, open source. The two are often erroneously conflated. The problems associated with closed standards and often, the resulting lack of interoperability, product lock-in and technical impediments severely vitiates ICTs in disaster relief management and peacebuilding.
It’s heartening to see Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Internet, spearheads a new Foundation that aims to promote a more open web.
Almost twenty years after he invented the Web, Tim Berners-Lee is leading the effort to create the World Wide Web Foundation (“Web Foundation”) as the next phase of fulfilling his original vision: the Web as humanity connected by technology.
The mission of the Foundation is:
- to advance One Web that is free and open,
- to expand the Web’s capability and robustness,
- and to extend the Web’s benefits to all people on the planet.
The Web Foundation will bring together business leaders, technology innovators, academia, government, NGOs, and experts in many fields to tackle challenges that, like the Web, are global in scale. The Web Foundation is in the unique position of being able to learn from the results of projects to accelerate the evolution of the Web. Through collaboration and a better grasp of people’s needs — in particular in underserved areas of the world — the Foundation seeks to improve the Web as a universal communications medium.
Read more about the raison d’etre, vision and mission of the Web Foundation here.