Recent blog posts by Aleks Krotoski
and guest blogger Andrew Keen
around the subjects of the web and nations have sparked a great deal of discussion and comments around the matter of the wider world in the World Wide Web - how its reach may be received
by developing countries and non-western cultures.
Indeed, the web's inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee disagrees with this idea. His is a different vision of the as yet unconnected 80 per cent of the world receiving the web. Over to Sir Tim (from his speech at the Web at 20 event)
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It's the connection, the sharing, the two-way communication that seem to fuel Sir Tim's views there. Sir Tim sees Africa not just as influenced by the web but also as influencer. But is he right?
Where can we actually see non-western cultures' influence in evidence on the web of the West? We know from your comments and input that the web is different for other cultures
, but aren't these isolated differences, peculiar to that cultures' adoption/adaptation of the web?
Can you point us to an example of western web culture having been directly affected by the influence of Chinese, Indian, Korean, or African web cultures?
Transcript of the video:
'In developing countries of course people have phones where they don't have computers. And to a certain extent there are certain level of people who have phones with their browsers but don't have computers.
...where the web at the moment is only used by 20 per cent of the planet, it's possible that we'll get very much more of the planet actually with access as they get phones, and those phones have simple web browsers.
So one of the things we have to make sure is that it works for them, that we don't just target everything in HD, in three dimensions, whatever the next new thing is - at, you know the early adopter, we also have to make sure that we target things in low resolution, low bandwidth, to people out there.
But also we have to realise that one of the things which, when you talk to anybody, for example, about going to Africa, about how people use technology, is they all say it is incredible how whatever the technology is they are really really creative with it. Well guess what? They're human beings and human beings are creative. So one of the things we've got to realise as well is as people, more people get connected, it is their creativity...
...the important thing is we must enable them to create a web that they need and that they want, and they will. If they're enabled, if they're given an open internet platform, a neutral internet platform, they will do that. So we must not think that we will be feeding them our culture, we must realise that their culture is going to be coming back very strongly and that is going to be very exciting for the world.'