“The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past.” Tim Berners-Lee
30 years ago Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the “public” internet as an information-sharing tool with a free source code, asserting that the internet must be an “open and democratic platform for all.”
Compared even to the development of the phone or TV, the Web developed very quickly. Thirty years on it’s hard to imagine a world without the internet. It is the first place many people go to when seeking answers to almost any questions. Then, of course, there was no Facebook, no YouTube, no Trademe, no Instagram. Now, according to Google, there are up to 60 billion webpages. Apart from questions of variable accuracy, the sheer amount of information available online is overwhelming.
Digital networks bring online communities, together by facilitating information and opinion sharing. But the gift of global, democratic connection also undermines traditional hierarchies in the media, government and education.
The democracy of the web – the opportunity for individuals to access information and have a voice online – is a double-edged sword which needs to be wielded with care.
In a digitised and globalised world the nature of work and everyday life is changing rapidly, with huge implications for education and training. Many areas of education are under the spotlight, including fast evolving digital developments.
In Dunedin plans are advancing for a new Centre of Digital Excellence (CODE) in Dunedin which will build on the city’s digital strengths, particularly in game and app development and associated sectors, including education and training. The business case is being led by Enterprise Dunedin, the University of Otago and Otago Polytechnic.