My first poat here has been remarkedly unsuccessful in promoting any discussion, so I want to repeat a question I asked Mark Surman (as a comment on his blog)
I see automation of mainstream routine work as a major area of web development yet to be explored. Do you agree? If so, is the 2020 strategy broad enough to support it?
No answer yet as still “awaiting moderation”, but more important is whether the community believes the strategy broad enough.
I personally think Chris Beard’s version is:
To ensure the Internet is a global public resource open and accessible to all.
An Internet that truly puts people first. An Internet where individuals can shape their own experience. An Internet where people are empowered, safe and independent.
although “safe” has less obvious connotations.
But Mark’s version
is not so clear, as Nicholas Mandil points out:
However, a sociological analysis could help a lot to improve it: what is ‘being open’? What are ‘Leaders’ and ‘Advocates’? How to articulate our misson with our actions ?..
Might Web literacy, for example, be the ability to structure information so that it can be easily manipulated with web code and not necessarily the code itself?
By the way, why are there two versions?
If you disagree with the whole premise, I offer my other comment on Mark’s blog.
Automation of tasks involving analysis of multiple web sources is in its infancy, basically restricted to best deals for travellers looking for hotels, flights and so on, but it demonstrates the potential for automation of mainstream routine tasks. The key is to provide ordinary people with the means to define what should be analysed to help meet their own different objectives – more complex and diverse than the best deals of course but still manageable if properly organised.
I also like Nicholas’s other comment:
The way we understand and tell the problem determine the solution we can create.
Sorry, seems I’m getting more long-winded.