The 2007 lecture was delivered by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium.
'Looking Back, Looking Forward'
The lecture considered the essential properties of the Web which allow it to play its role.
One is its universality, one is the layering of the technologies; another is the independence of the Web design from applications built on it and the Internet layer on which it is built.
The Web is both a technical and a social creation, dependent on both technical protocols and social conventions.
The large-scale emergent phenomena, planned and unplanned, are also a function of the huge size and complexity of the Web. Understanding the Web as connected humanity is a multidisciplinary field we can call Web Science.
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