At 30, World Wide Web ‘not the web we wanted,’ inventor says

Clay Curtis
March 12, 2019

Thirty years ago, CERN computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee proposed an idea for a database of hypertext links that would allow people to send data and communicate across a network.

World Wide Web turns 30 today and Google is marking the day with a special doodle.

Berners-Lee wasn't looking to transform modern life when he invented the World Wide Web; he had just gotten exhausted of having to switch computers whenever he needed to access information that wasn't on his main work computer.

"It's a moment to celebrate how far we've come but also an opportunity to reflect on how far we have yet to go".

"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.

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

"[But] it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit", he added.

He assured that the web foundation was working with governments, companies and citizens to make the web safer. WWW resources can be accessed by users via web browsers.

So is Google, which is celebrating the anniversary with a Doodle that hearkens back to a simpler time.

Sir Tim described three "sources of dysfunction" affecting the Web today - cybercrime and harassment, system design issues that reward content such as clickbait, and "unintended negative consequences" of design that has led to negativity spreading online. 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. "It is more urgent than ever to ensure the other half is not left behind offline and that everyone contributes to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity", he wrote. "We will have failed the web", he wrote.

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