World Wide Web celebrates 30th anniversary

English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web delivers a speech during an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva Switzerland

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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".

English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee 3rd left on the podium best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web attends an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva Switzerland
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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.

The web also fuels the unsafe spread of misinformation; search engine optimization tactics can push fake news stories to the top of Google search results, feeding internet users with falsities.

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".

Google isn't the only one celebrating the birth of the World Wide Web though. "Today, half of the world is online", Berners-Lee concludes in his open letter.

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