Berners-Lee says world wide web 'still in its infancy'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the world wide web is 'still in its infancy' and that in the future all the data in world will be at the 'fingertips of every user'.

The web founder made these statements in an interview with the BBC ahead of the 15th anniversary of the day the web's code was put in the public domain by the lab where it was developed, Cern.

Berners-Lee said that he was optimistic about the future of the web and that people had only just begun exploring its possibilities. He also said that the web's ability to allow users from all over the world to collaborate would have a vital role in helping the environment.

He told BBC News: "What's exciting is that people are building new social systems, new systems of review, new systems of governance."

"My hope is that those will produce... new ways of working effectively and fairly which we can manage ourselves as a planet."

Earlier this year IT PRO reported on Tim Berners-Lee's work on web science, and the possibility of making the world wide web more intelligent and intuitive about best to serve a user's needs.

The BBC also reported that there was an estimated 165 million different websites around the world.