Web We Want

Web We Want was a festival investigating the past 25 years of the Web and its possible future.

The festival was inspired by the work of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and produced in partnership with Sir Tim's World Wide Web Foundation.

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We celebrated all that is wonderful and extraordinary about the Web - and also explored its challenges and difficulties.

The Web allows us to communicate with people around the world, making it a vehicle for creative exploration, personal relationships and enormous business opportunities. However, there is also jeopardy. The ‘dark net’ facilitates underground online networks for everything from buying drugs to extreme politics. Also, universal and free access to the Web is under threat, as its governance is in the hands of a small number of people.

We live online. The Web is how we live now and this festival explored why we need to fight for it.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee appeared in conversation with Professor Richard Susskind OBE
China continues to exercise one of the most extensive and comprehensive Internet censorship policies
How our data shadows and digital dandruff can be used to track and record our activities online
Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the Web

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