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Tim Berners-Lee at the Web 2.0 Summit

Tim Berners-Lee at the Web 2.0 Summit

Credit: Rafe Needleman/CNET

When Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, entered the room for the final interview at the recent Web 2.0 Summit, the audience stood up for him. Appropriately so, since most of those present at the conference owe their livelihoods to his invention.

In an on-stage interview with Tim O'Reilly, the audience was listening to Berners-Lee not just for his perspective but his guidance. While not explicitly called out in the discussion, there was good advice in what he had to say:

  • Don't build your laws into the Web.
  • Fault-tolerance is vital.
  • If you want it everywhere, give it away.
  • Large companies are the enemy.
  • Small open companies can topple big closed ones.
  • Separate design from device.
  • Consider content as app.
  • Forge trust.
  • Make the Web work for more people. 

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