Late past year, a key threshold was crossed - roughly half the world has gotten online.
"The web is for everyone and collectively we hold the power to change it".
In 1989, Sendall wanted a pretext tool to use the then-new Next computer by Apple for his research and asked Berners-Lee to "pick a random program to develop on it..."
Admitting that the web has created opportunity for cheats, promoted hatred and made all kinds of crime easier to commit, web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has said it is possible to change the web for the better in the next 30 years.
Berners-Lee is now working with the Web Foundation on a "Contract For The Web" which, if adopted, would protect "governments, companies and citizens" from the dark side of the connected world.
"The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information", he wrote.
The anniversary offers "an opportunity to reflect on how far we have yet to go", Berners-Lee said, calling the "fight" for the web "one of the most important causes of our time". "You should not be able to sell it for money", Berners-Lee told reporters at CERN, according to Agence France-Presse, "because it's a right".
How to save the Internet
Berners-Lee cautioned it was important to strike a balance between oversight and freedom but hard to agree what it should be.
System design that creates perverse incentives where users' value and wellbeing is sacrificed, such as ad-based revenue models that commercially reward clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation.
In his annual letter on the web's birthday, Berners-Lee on Monday expressed optimism about what can be achieved in the next thirty years.
His World Wide Web Foundation wants to enlist governments, companies, and citizens to take a greater role in shaping the web for good under principles laid out in its "Contract for the Web".