Twenty years after its creation, the open Web seems to be facing some of its biggest challenges and its survival may make the whole difference between a world where a few large companies have most of the control or one where anyone is afforded the opportunity to innovate online.

Definition: What I mean by Web

It appears that, as time moves on, many people have different definition of the Web. Some look at it as a substitute for the word internet, others look at it as the sites that are sitting at a Web address. My definition is a little more technical: to me, the Web is a system that serves up HTML, CSS, and Javascript over the HTTP (or HTTPS) protocol.

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Under that definition, it means that Facebook or Google cannot be seen as “the Web” any more than iphone or android phone apps are.

Definition: What I mean by Open

Open is another tricky word to define.

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Some people look to open as interoperable. To those people, an open Web only exists when a site or page is accessible by everyone without requiring any kind of extra registration. In those people’s views, sites like Facebook are not open because they require a username and password to access them.

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