The web began as a static document sharing platform. Today, millions of people use the web to share documents, photos, videos, and audio.
Not only that, the web also serves as a platform for connectivity: information from digital devices is constantly transmitted over the web for purposes only limited by the imagination.
Is the Web of Things (WoT) going to be a game changer?
Nope, but it will make use of the web in a way that will place a huge demand on traffic and stimulate innovative ways to make more use of the web platform.
The web is already populated by computer networks and people. Now, imagine the many devices and sensors the WoT will introduce. Yes, that’s a lot of IP addresses, to say the least.
Is the need for web security the same as it was at the beginning of the web?
Nope. A lot has changed. Primarily, since billions of people use the web for whatever reasons, the appeal to commit nefarious and illegal acts against these people and their businesses is far greater than could ever have been imagined by the originators of the web.
Security threats has even taken on a national or governmental flavor; making the need for heightened security efforts a key aspect of everyday life. The threat is real as well as the harm that’s been caused by web attackers.
Doesn’t advanced technology suppose to make things better for the web?
Yes, but it doesn’t. The reason being is new technology focuses on corporate needs and not the real need for a better web for all. The web is a global phenomenon. It’s a platform that bridges the communication gaps across nations.
To improve the web, one must assess it from a purely objective standpoint with no influence from personal or corporate agenda. The web is an agnostic platform, or it should be.
Hey! Wouldn’t disrupting the current web break backwards compatibility and, thereby, break the web?
Aren’t you being a bit smug about breaking the web?
Nope. There are thousands of Web D’s (designers, developers, and douchebags). These Web D’s want to be seen as professionals, although most of them forego professionalism for the sake of convenience, IMHO.
Still, coordinating the breaking of the web (due to backward incompatibility issues arising from overhauling the web) with the procurement of these many Web D’s by the agencies that will be affected by it is not that difficult of a task.
If you give a damn, that is.
Well, Mr. Know-it-all, how would you go about overhauling the web?
I don’t know.
Then again, I never claimed to be a Web D, a professional, nor a steward of the web. I have read many articles from those making this claim that support everything I’ve written in this post in one way or another.
Years of dancing around this issue has brought us to this point in society where the web has become a tool controlled by adversarial agents (actors) instead of the people.
Or do we need another great war to destroy everything, like in Germany, in order to start fresh and get it right?
Do we need aliens to destroy our planet over and over, like in the Futurama cartoon, in order to rebuild the web and do it right?
Professionals ought to be able to make difficult decisions without the need for anger, violence, or societal destruction to get things right. Stewards ought to have the courage to communicate real need for change and not just parrot the agenda of their corporate masters.
Firefighters do not stand inside the flames and attempt to put out fires. They stand outside the flames in order to get an overall picture. They strategize their next move based on this objective (because their asses aren’t on fire) perspective. They do what is needed to get the job done.
This is a real professional approach and should be used to do what is necessary for the future of the web.