Berners-Lee Envisions Web As Tool For Worldwide Good

    April 30, 2008

He wasn’t referring to their habit of pooping and puking everywhere; the way in which babies cry and scream also doesn’t apply.  But in any event, Tim Berners-Lee recently said that the Web is "still in its infancy."

 Tim Berners-Lee

"What’s exciting is that people are building new social systems, new systems of review, new systems of governance," he told the BBC.  Those first two things sound familiar, at least.  Then Berners-Lee painted a quick sketch of where the passage of time might lead.
"My hope is that those will produce… new ways of working together effectively and fairly which we can use globally to manage ourselves as a planet," he stated.

Coming from anyone other than one of the founding fathers of the World Wide Web, this vision would sound entirely too starry-eyed; it’s a long way from (Facebook) poking and porn to the betterment of mankind.

Still, that’s where the infancy comment comes in, and Berners-Lee emphasized, "The web has been a tremendous tool for people to do a lot of good even though you can find bad stuff out there."