The Web Is 30. Here's What Its Inventor Thinks

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

"The web is for everyone and collectively we hold the power to change it".

"Berners-Lee said Sendall told him to "'pick a random program to develop on it. It was a proposal to better manage and monitor the flow of research at the labs, but within its pages were the underpinnings for what would become known as the World Wide Web.

Google on Tuesday celebrated the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web with a unique Google Doodle, while the creator of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee, lamented the direction it has taken over the years. The foundation is calling on governments to ensure everyone can connect to the internet, companies to respect privacy and offer web access at affordable rates, and citizens to respect civil discourse online.

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).

"With every new feature, new website, the divide between those who are online and those who are not increases and making it more imperative to make the web available for everyone", he said. As The Associated Press reports, "Berners-Lee has since become a sort of father figure for the internet community, been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and named as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century by Time magazine". "In those days, there was different information on different computers, but you had to log on to different computers to get at it", he wrote in an FAQ to students.

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

Berners-Lee spelled out what he believes are the web's biggest issues, which include state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behavior, and online harassment. The other is bad system design which rewards bad behaviour, including "ad-based revenue models that commercially reward clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation".

But Berners-Lee is optimistic about the future of the web, which he sees as constantly evolving.

"Against the backdrop of news stories about how the web is misused, it's understandable that many people feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good", he writes.

Google isn't the only one celebrating the birth of the World Wide Web though.

Some tough regulation may be necessary in some places, in others not, Berners-Lee said.

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