Sunday, November 2, 2008


A couple weeks ago, I stumbled across the OpenGardensBlog, authored by Ajit Joakar, "the founder of the London based publishing company futuretext focussed on emerging Web and Mobile technologies." According to his website, the OpenGardensBlog was recently rated a top 20 wireless blog worldwide by readers of 'Fierce wireless' and he keynoted the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Expo in April 2007.

What caught my attention was that he is already talking about Web 3.0! In particular, Ajit shares his views regarding "the role of Europe in a Digital world in 2025 with an emphasis on Mobile, Web 3.0 (EU vision) and Seamless / converged infrastructures," which coincides with a presentation he is delivering to the EU parliament. Here's an excerpt:
In a nutshell,

a) Governments and governing bodies like the European Union can act as a competitive advantage - hence the EIF and EU Web 3.0 visions take a greater significance.

b) I don't believe that an individual like Tim O Reilly, no matter how influential, can define the future of the Web any more. This would need people and organizations that can define but also execute that vision. Again, this makes the EU Digital vision important as does it's emphasis on Web 3.0

c) Finally, the locus of power and influence will be decentralised to many points globally - apart from USA, we will have Europe, China, India and potentially Brazil as important players and centres of commercial and technological excellence.

We are seeing very good responses from many governments and in future we are likely to see a greater role for government all over the world. This makes it all the more important to have a government or a governing body that has a visionary strategy towards Digital technology.
Here are the rest of his thoughts.

We've emailed back and forth a couple times, and he mentioned that he was authoring a book on the subject. To the degree that he would like ideas from this side of the pond, I hope to contribute. If you have ideas, be sure to link with him as well.

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