I’m a fan of the open Web for many reasons, but if I had to pick one, it’s that anyone can participate without having to ask for permission. By participate, I don’t only mean “use”, but also “create” and “experiment” – the beauty of the Web is that it’s not only “read” but also “write”. Unlike TV and radio, we’re not limited to consuming the media, but we can also produce content and invent the future of the medium. Let me elaborate:
Using the Web is easy. You need a PC, an Internet connection and a Web browser (Firefox, anyone?). You could use a mobile phone too (Firefox for Android, anyone?).
Luckily, things have recently gotten much easier, thanks to Mozilla Webmaker:
- Mozilla Thimble is a great way to learn HTML and CSS.
- Kids will love Hackasaurus, an online course made just for them!
- To see what’s under the hood of a Web page, one could use Hackasaurus’ X-Ray Goggles.
- Participate to a Summer Code party near you.
All of these tools and initiatives come from Mozilla’s WebMaker program. Why does Mozilla do this? Because we want to make the Web better. We want to help the world increase their understanding of the web and take greater control of their online lives.
I’m sure that with this approach, some kids will have great ideas and will create fantastic Web applications down the road. They won’t have to ask permission to anyone for this. This approach enables freedom, innovation, and opportunities on the Web.
This is why I’m such a fan of the open Web.