The Virtual Revolution

The programme interviews Ory Okollah from Ushahidi (which means “testimony” in Swahili), Howard Rheingold, Founded of The Well,, John Perry Barlow “you don’t need to control people much if you control what they believe”, lyricist for the Grateful Dead, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Tim Berners-Lee, founder of “the web”, w3, Shawn Fanning, the founder of Napster, and Jimmy Wales from Wikipedia.

Having listened to Dame Professor Wendy Hall (She is a Founding Director, along with Professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Nigel Shadbolt and Daniel J. Weitzner, of the Web Science Research Initiative) at the LLAS conference yesterday, and her tales of conferences with Tim Berners-Lee and others, particularly fascinating. I’m still watching it, looking forward to the rest of the series, and wondering if it’s going to be available in any format after i-player’s 7 days are up!

“Twenty years on from the invention of the World Wide Web, Dr Aleks Krotoski looks at how it is reshaping almost every aspect of our lives. Joined by some of the web’s biggest names – including the founders of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft, and the web’s inventor – she explores how far the web has lived up to its early promise.

In the first in this four-part series, Aleks charts the extraordinary rise of blogs, Wikipedia and YouTube, and traces an ongoing clash between the freedom the technology offers us, and our innate human desire to control and profit.”

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