The selection for our October book is Tim Berners-Lee’s Weaving the Web: The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web by its Inventor
Named one of the greatest minds of the 20th century by Time, Tim Berners-Lee is responsible for one of that century’s most important advancements: the world wide web. Now, this low-profile genius – who never personally profited from his invention – offers a compelling portrait of his invention. He reveals the Web’s origins and the creation of the now ubiquitous
wwwacronyms and shares his views on such critical issues as censorship, privacy, the increasing power of software companies, and the need to find the ideal balance between commercial and social forces. He offers insights into the true nature of the Web, showing readers how to use it to its fullest advantage. And he presents his own plan for the Web’s future, calling for the active support and participation of programmers, computer manufacturers, and social organizations to manage and maintain this valuable resource so that it can remain a powerful force for social change and an outlet for individual creativity.
Where to find a copy of this title:
Amazingly and somewhat ironically, I couldn’t find an ebook version of this title. There’s an (abridged) audiobook version, otherwise it’s paper all the way.
- The publisher has the paperback for $16
- Amazon has the paperback for $16
- Used copies are available starting at $4 from sites such as AbeBooks
- The (abridged) audiobook is available from the Austin Public Library or Audible
The meetup will be on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30PM at our usual location: the ActiveProspect office, 4203 Guadalupe in Hyde Park. It’s on multiple bus lines and has plenty of free parking, come and join us!
Be sure to RSVP on Meetup so we’ll have plenty of pizza and drinks for everyone.
See you there!