25 things you might not know about the web on its 25th birthday

1 The importance of "permissionless innovation" The thing that is most extraordinary about the internet is the way it enables permissionless innovation. This stems from two epoch-making design decisions made by its creators in the early 1970s: that there would be no central ownership or control; and that the network would not be optimised for any particular application: all it

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Jaron Lanier: the digital pioneer who became a web rebel –interview

Jaron Lanier is that rarest of rare birds – an uber-geek who is highly critical of the world created by the technology he helped to create. Now in his 50s, he first came to prominence in the 1980s as a pioneer in the field of "virtual reality" – the development of computer-generated environments in which real people could interact. Ever

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Google, Apple, Berners-Lee and more team up to launch Web Platform Docs

It’s rare that the caption describing someone’s job is both banal and overarching – but in the case of the picture of Sir Tim Berners-Lee above, you have to say it’s apposite. Yes, he really is the developer of the world wide web. It’s his brainchild. Berners-Lee appears in the video for the launch of Web Platform Docs, which has

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