Tim Berners-Lee and the web at 20 (Video)
"The web is a basic human right; like clean water."
As part of the ambition of the Digital Revolution project to start a conversation about the web to collaboratively create a documentary about the web, Sir Tim joined Baroness Susan Greenfield, Digital Planet's Bill Thompson, Wired magazine's Chris Anderson (live linked from San Francisco) and presenter Aleks Krotoski to present their ideas about (as Bill Thompson put it 'one of the most important things we have managed to do as a species' - the World Wide Web.
We filmed the event and, while we will post a slicker, more complete and cohesive version featuring all of the speakers and questions from the afternoon in a subsequent blog post, we thought you'd like to see a quick edit of Sir Tim's speech and the first part of the Q&A asap.
Unsurprisingly, considering there were more than a couple of BBC TV content producers in the room, there were several questions around the web's new models for content, audiovisual and beyond. If there were gasps of horror at Sir Tim's line: "The concept of a [TV] channel is going to be obsolete on the internet - it's not relevant." they can't be heard on the recordings...
And if this leaves you hungry for more and you can't wait for the longer video to arrive, as is the wont of the web, you can find other reports of The Web At 20 from the web itself; from Rory Cellan-Jones on the BBC Technology blog; or audio snippets via Bill Thompson's Audioboo:
Or from those that were present (and those that weren't but were watching the tweets and responding). You can read the tweets we sent out from @BBCDigRev and search the wider twittersphere under tags such as Tim Berners-Lee, #webat20 and more as your imagination and search-fancy takes you.
Enjoy. And, as ever, your comments are greatly appreciated.