Web’s creator outlines vision for the future

Web’s creator outlines vision for the future

‘Then, Now, Tomorrow: What’s next for the World Wide Web?’ will be held at Sydney Town Hall at 6.30pm tonight, 5 February.

The event will be live-streamed at: cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/podcasts/citytalks/default/default.asp

The father of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, will outline his vision for the future of information sharing on the internet and its benefits to humanity at this year’s first City Talk, in partnership with UTSpotlight.

Presented by the City of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), as part of the Sir Tim Berners-Lee Down Under Tour, ‘Then, Now, Tomorrow: What’s next for the World Wide Web?’ will be held at Sydney Town Hall on 5 February.

Sir Tim, who is also the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the internet’s governing body, will discuss the challenges currently facing the web, the direction he thinks it should take, and the work W3C is doing to make the web accessible to everyone – regardless of language, geography or ability.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City and UTS were honoured to host Sir Tim at the City Talk and looked forward to learning from him.

“The web is turning entire industries upside-down and creating whole new ways of communicating, it’s changing the way our communities – and even we – work,” the Lord Mayor said.

“I wonder if even Sir Tim would have guessed 20 or 30 years ago that his invention would be so profound?

“Sir Tim’s original vision was for the web to be free, transparent and to service humanity – yet just a third of the world’s population is connected.

“This talk will explore how government, business, communities and technology innovators can work together to ensure this vital network continues to develop for the benefit of us all.”

Professor Ross Milbourne, Vice-Chancellor, University of Technology, Sydney, said: “The World Wide Web continues to enable transformation of the whole teaching and learning paradigm, opening up knowledge fields to generations both younger and older through newer platforms for interdisciplinary collaboration.

“In research, it is also facilitating the speed of collaboration, and the emergence of new fields from the accelerated exchange of knowledge across countries and sectors.”

Sir Tim will be joined by a panel of leading Australian innovators:

  • Alan Noble, Engineering Director of Google Australia and New Zealand
  • Glen Boreham, Chairman of Screen Australia, former Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand, and Chair of the Australian Government’s Convergence Review
  • Hael Kobayashi, Executive Director of Creative Innovation at the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Rachel Botsman, author of influential book on collaborative consumption, What’s Mine is Yours
  • Paul McCarthy, Director of Strategy and Innovation at global technology company Sirca
  • Wendy Simpson, Chairman of Springboard Enterprises.


For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Matthew Moore.

Phone 0431 050 963 or email mmoore@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson.

Phone 0427 044 768 or email mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Professor Ross Milbourne, contact Annette Moore.

Phone 02 9514 1301 or email annette.moore@uts.edu.au