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World Wide Web Foundation

New foundation to bring web to all people. Announced by Tim Berners Lee on 14th September 2008. His speech

Objectives:

  1. to advance One Web that is free and open,
  2. to expand the Web's capability and robustness,
  3. and to extend the Web's benefits to all people on the planet.

Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation's president and CEO, announced a $5 million seed grant in support of the mission.

From the speech:

What the Web can do for society on a scale we have not yet seen.
The Web does not just connect machines, it connects people.
It took 18 months for my colleague Robert Cailliau and me to persuade the CERN directors not to charge royalties for use of the Web. Had we failed, the Web would not be here today.
Connecting people created new privacy, security, legal, and other social challenges. The popularity of Internet technologies made them targets for abuse (spam, phishing, and so on). In order to protect our investment in the Web and to improve upon it, we needed not just to engineer the present, but to research the future.
In 2006, I helped to set up the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) to facilitate and produce the fundamental scientific advances necessary to inform the future design and use of the World Wide Web.
Web Science has as a goal that the Web should serve humanity.
The Web has been largely designed by the developed world for the developed world. But it must be much more inclusive in order to be of greater value to us all.
W3C recently started new work in two areas: eGovernment, and the role of mobile technology in developing economies.
My colleagues and I have identified three avenues — technology innovation, Web Science, and the application of the Web for the benefit of underserved communities — that we believe lead to the next phase of the Web.
we will launch the Foundation in early 2009.

Issues

One web: not divided into islands by browser technologies, protocol incompatibilities, etc.

Plans

Active funding is being sought for the foundation.

The Web Foundation is currently developing plans to fund projects around the world through these strategically integrated programs:

1) Web Science and Research
* To study and understand how the web works in order to anticipate and ensure its future.
* To research issues (such as privacy and security) that impact the billions of people that use the Web.
* To understand how to make the Web stable and secure, and to mitigate threats and weaknesses.
* To spearhead thought leadership in Web research and to educate future Web Scientists.
2) Web Technology and Practice
* To promote the development of technology and standards that foster creativity, collaboration, communication, and commerce.
* To encourage the spread of new technology that can be integrated and used alongside existing technology, ensuring the stable evolution of the Web.
* To ensure that the technology enables anyone to use the Web from any device, anywhere.
3) Web for Society

  • To learn from people in socially or economically deprived communities how the Web can better serve them.
  • To leverage the Web to empower people, especially in under-served populations, by lowering barriers to life-critical services.
  • To ensure the Web is accessible and useful to people, including people with disabilities, from different cultures, and language and literacy skills that span the range of the Earth's population.
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