with Liddy Nevile: 12th International World Wide Web
Conference Co-Chairperson & La Trobe University,
Australia - 15th May 2003
What's your background?
Law, maths, computer science, education, ...new technologies
really is the glue.
long have you been using the internet?
Since about 1983 when the US
Defence Department contacted us to see why
we were hacking into their system - in fact we were
just e-mailing friends at MIT.
are your main aims and objectives?
To look hard at new technologies and find ways to
think about them so they can be useful to humans -
ie critically re-conceptualising technologies in the
context of human needs.
will make the 12th International conference so unique,
and what are some of the highlights?
Well, the community is growing - we have seen Asian
participants in recent years and now we are in Hungary
and Eastern Europeans are joining in - that is really
important - we still need people from the
southern hemisphere though.
is your main involvement in the conference?
Co-Chair of the global community
track - I started this track in 1998 to broaden
the perspectives and it has been successful in developing
dialogue between the technical people who traditionally
present at the WWW Conference
and the people who work to use these technologies
for the benefit of a wide range of communities - it
has changed from being the cultural track to being
the global community
one, and I am not so sure this has helped. This year,
it is only a day long - usually we provide an interesting
alternative and critique of the conference for the
full three days.
you prefer Linux or Microsoft platforms?
Apple - thanks!
is internet 2?
Not really involved in this.
is the greatest I.T success story on a company-wide
and individual scale?
Well, I work in standards and I think the Dublin
core has been a killer application - at a high
level - and accessibility is beginning to do something
very interesting for everyone.
websites do you most visit?
is your preferred choice of computer code?
you write code, or do have have others write it?
Yes , I can write it.
does the internet help and hinder you?
How? it's a conceptual space as well as a convenience
for me - I travel endlessly and the world is very
small and my friends (everywhere) are very close...I
am optimistic for the world because of this.
you believe in internet censorship? Why?
ummm - I believe there is something like criminal
use of Internet but I am not in favour of what I think
of as censorship - I worked on PICS
in the early days to try to make it possible for individual
and I am still working on this idea - personal 'portal'
type services for everything we access - ..using smarter
technologies these days, of course.
much spam do you receive?
Heaps but I have a fast delete finger.
should be the penalty for spammers?
is the ill effects for those who spend too much time
is not about time it's about what they do ... and
what is the difference between online and elsewhere
- I don't know...
is the worst case of "cash burn" in the
internet business, that you know about?
I was working at Melbourne IT!!
are your main achievements?
Bringing people together worldwide to re-think the
implications of what they are doing.
is the biggest compliment you have ever received?
Being like John Seeley-Brown (Xerox
Parc) - supporting fresh ideas especially with
else would you like our audience to be aware of?
The need to be critical about the ways in which politics
sometimes override the needs and opportunities for
interview was conducted via e-mail.
International World Wide Web Conference
Trobe University, Australia