“As much as we love the open Web, we’re abandoning it.”

—Chris Anderson, WIRED Magazine

The Web was meant to be Everything. As the Internet as a whole assumes an increasingly commanding role as the technology of global commerce and communication, the World Wide Web from its very inception was designed to be a free and open medium through which human knowledge is created, accessed and exchanged. But, that Web is in danger of coming to a close. This book shows what is happening and how you can play an important role in keeping the web open.

An Open Web was written in 5 days by 6 collaborators. Zero to book in 5 days. It was an intensive process and loads of fun. You can also participate by improving the book and keeping it alive! (see below for details) - all edits are welcome! The Book Sprint was held in Berlin January 17-21 2011, sponsored by Transmediale and FLOSS Manuals and the CHB.


Core writers: Alejandra Perez Nuñez, Christopher Adams, Bassel Safadi, Mick Fuzz, Jon Phillips, Michelle Thorne

Book Sprint Facilitation: Adam Hyde

Many thanks to Stephen Kovats for his ongoing support of Book Sprints and this sprint in particular.

A big thanks also to Mike Linksvayer for going through the entire book with comments and many excellent edits.

Sponsors: Thanks to the CHB where An Open Web Book Sprint was hosted, and also many thanks of course to Transmediale.

We got more help with many great people. See full writer credits.

Illustrators: Laleh Torabi [cover in illustration above] and Kristina Brasseler [Transmediale cover].

Lead Booki coders: Aleksandar Erkalovic & Douglas Bagnall.

Website Design: Mushon Zer-Aviv designed and coded this website.

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