Speaking at the Strengthening Independent Media session at the Salzburg Global Seminar, Steve Bratt, chief executive officer of the World Wide Web Foundation, explains the meaning of "killer applications" and highlights global projects of the WWW Foundation.
Steve Bratt became the first Chief Executive Officer of the World Wide Web Foundation in September 2008. He is leading the launch of the Foundation, and working to fund and start high-impact initiatives to advance both the Web itself and its ability to empower all people on the planet.
Bratt has held leadership and research positions within for-profit and not-for-profit, international organizations. His previous position was as CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium -- the standards organization responsible for the technologies that make the Web work.
From 1997 through 2001, Bratt served as the first Coordinator of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty International Data Centre in Vienna, Austria. There he was responsible for establishing the data center, global communications infrastructure, and standards for data exchange between more than 300 world-wide sensors and 170 nations.
From 1984 to 1997, Bratt led research initiatives -- first at Science Applications International Corporation and then as a program manager at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- to develop advanced concepts for real-time sensor monitoring, intelligent analysis and international data communications.
Since 1993, Web technologies have played the central role in support of the sharing of data, information and knowledge within the complex systems that he has designed and deployed.