Velocity is a great O’Reilly conference on web performance and operations and many of the devops attend each year. The theme for 2012 is “A Faster, Stronger Web.” I am honored to be giving a keynote there and what will likely be one of only a few non-technical presentations. Instead of talking about software and servers, I will focus on political and commercial threats and opportunities for a faster and stronger web. What does that mean?
On the political side, I will be covering threats coming from copyright holders (as we saw in PIPA and SOPA) and misguided approaches to privacy regulation (already in the EU and in the works here) and cyber security. On the commercial side I will look at how the shift to mobile apps is moving us away from the ability to link as a crucial underpinning of the web. Each of these threats also presents new opportunities and I will try to help identify what those are.
As I am still working on my talk, please let me know if you think there are other threats or opportunities for a faster, stronger web that I should make sure to address.