World Wide Web Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Google Doodle celebrates World Wide Web's 30th birthday

Google Doodle celebrates World Wide Web's 30th birthday

Now, 30 years later, Lee can't hold back the disappointment in seeing the world wide web being used for ill intentions. He recalls his boss, Mike Sendell, saying the idea was "vague but exciting".

Driven by the same spark that led him to create the world wide web, Berners-Lee launched a platform called Solid in 2015, which he says will allow users to maintain full control of their data.

So, as we enter the fourth decade of the world wide web, we have to accept that there's more at stake than Nyan Nyan Cat and Insta-posts of Kim Kardashian's arse (and we're not talking about Kayne).

During its current "digital adolescence", the web has been especially affected by dysfunctional problems like state-sponsored hacking, online harassment, hate speech and misinformation, he warned.

He is a professor of practice in Information Systems & Management at the Warwick Business School.

The World Wide Web and the internet are wrongly confused as the same thing - something Sir Tim is quick to correct people on. It seeks help from governments, companies and citizens to become more involved in shaping the web to do more good for humanity.

The unintended negative consequences of benevolent design, such as the outraged and polarized tone and quality of online discourse.

Many pupils trapped as school building collapses in Lagos
On the part of government, we would immediately take care of whatever it is that we can do, including the hospital bills. As rescuers worked furiously to reach those inside, distraught parents begged them to find their children.

This year, outside his regular annual writing, the 63-year-old scientist made an onstage appearance at his old employer, CERN, to reiterate the idea of the "Contract for the Web", a framework to govern the use of the internet he first proposed in November 2018.

Berners-Lee believes users had found the web "not so pretty" recently.

Under this contract, governments are called on to take steps to make sure all citizens can connect to the internet and that individual privacy is respected.

Also as pointed out by other experts at the panel, the web is increasingly centralizing as the next billion people getting online may be increasingly dependent on major Internet giants like Facebook and Google, who have been playing more of a gatekeeper role during the centralization and have "basically built surveillance machines". "To get this right, we will need to come together as a global web community", he said. His foundation is working with web companies and governments on a Contract for the Web, which will "establish clear norms, laws and standards that underpin the web".

By 2000 - the first year the US-based Pew Research Center tracked internet usage - half of the population was already online.

"The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information", he wrote.

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