During some sessions in the CERN cafeteria, Tim and I try to find a catching name for the system. I was determined that the name should not yet again be taken from Greek mythology. Tim proposes ‘World-Wide Web’. I like this very much, except that it is difficult to pronounce in French.
– Robert Cailliau, A Short History of the Web
They developed the protocols that structure the Web, wrote the first webserver and webbrowser, designed the first World Wide Web Logo (Did you even know there once was an official logo for the web??) and persuaded CERN to eventually release their project to the world.
Those first steps changed history and made it possible for you and me do what we do today. The World Wide Web turned the Internet from an academic tool to a mass communication medium.
You can imagine we are very proud to announce that Dr. Robert Cailliau will be the opening keynote speaker at The Next Web Conference 2010.
This year marks the 21st anniversary of the World Wide Web so at our conference we will try to look at the future of the Web with a historical perspective on things. Dr. Robert Cailliau will start off with a short history of the web, then talk about some of the challenges we face right now and end with a reflection on the future of the World Wide Web
Don’t expect an overly positive story on how far we have come though. Dr. Robert Cailliau doesn’t own a mobile phone, dislikes social networks, is not interested in gaming, web video or any visual entertainment found online and don’t even get him started on Cloud computing!
What he does like is the availability of the Internet, but is quick to add “I don’t need it always-on though! There is a time and a place for Internet access. I don’t walk around with a portable toilet either.”
You can imagine we are very excited to hear his opening speech.