09/16/2010

Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010)

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Berners-Lee explained that data drives development on mobile, just as it does on the Web as a whole. Even a basic calendaring type of application is data-driven. By combining the aspects of mobile technology, like location-awareness, with the semantic Web of data, entirely new types of mobile applications can exist. Most recently, augmented reality applications are an example of this pairing, tying together location with data to identify points of interest just by aiming your mobile phone at something like a landmark or building.

via Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010).

Berners-Lee has 4 concerns about the future of our world, as mobile technology becomes ubiquitous:

  1. Privacy
  2. Accountability
  3. Neutrality¬† “the moment you let neutrality go, you lose the Web as it is – you lose the idea that you can click a link and go anywhere.”
  4. Bring web access to rest of world – lack of signal with which to log onto the Web is not the main thing holding back the spread of the Web. 80% of the world has access to the Web, but, for some reason, chooses not to use it.”