As we approach the six-year mark from the original Web 2.0 thesis, the trends are becoming clearer than ever. Once applications live in the cloud, the key to success will be harnessing network effects so that those applications literally get better the more people use them. But that's just the beginning. Today we see that applications are being driven by sensors, not just by people typing on keyboards. They are becoming platforms for collective action, not just collective intelligence. The "data shadows" that people and things leave in cyberspace are becoming richer and deeper, and are being exploited in new ways. All this is adding up to something profound and different. When web meets world, we get Web Squared: the theme of this year's Web 2.0 Summit.
John and Tim, co-hosts of Web 2.0 Summit, are in the process of preparing the program for the 2009 edition of the conference. In addition to outlining their ideas for how the Web is evolving, they'll welcome "web squared" examples from webcast participants--how the world is putting the Web to work to make business more efficient, culture more vibrant, and society more tolerant.
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In addition to being the Web 2.0 Summit Program Chair, John Battelle is an entrepreneur, journalist, professor, and author. Currently founder and chairman of Federated Media Publishing, he is also a founder and executive producer of conferences in the media, technology, communications, and entertainment industries and "band manager" with BoingBoing.net. Previously, Battelle was founder, chairman, and CEO of Standard Media International (SMI), publisher of The Industry Standard and TheStandard.com. Prior to founding The Standard, Battelle was a co-founding editor of Wired magazine and Wired Ventures. He is the author of The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business and Transformed Our Culture (Portfolio, 2005).
Tim O'Reilly (@timoreilly) is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world, and an activist for open standards. O'Reilly Media also publishes online through oreilly.com and hosts conferences on technology topics, including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention, Web 2.0 Summit, Web 2.0 Expo, and Gov 2.0 Summit. Tim's blog, the O'Reilly Radar, "watches the alpha geeks" to determine emerging technology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. For everything Tim, see tim.oreilly.com.
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