When Mark Surman was growing up, he connected to the Web using a dial-up modem that squeaked and buzzed its way to a modest connection. The Web he used was simple, and hardly error-free. Using the Internet was hard, and that made its users think about the way it worked.
Nowadays toddlers are instantly connected to the Web using slick, shiny tablet computers that mask the Web’s inner workings. But Surman thinks its critical for our future economy that children grasp the mechanics of the Web, so he has some ideas about how to address that. Check it out in his keynote at IT World Canada’s Technicity event, held in November. Or view the full-length talk here.