Google Doodle Celebrates World Wide Web's 30th Birthday

Ruben Fields
March 14, 2019

Ninety per cent of adults in the United Kingdom used the internet previous year, and there are few industries in the world that have not been touched in some way. It signalled the birth of the World Wide Web that is now used by billions of people.

Speaking to mark the 30th anniversary of the proposal which would eventually spawn the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee said the principle of a free and open web had become harmed in recent years.

Sir Tim invented the World Wide Web because he was frustrated to have to constantly log on to a different computer every time he wanted to access different information not on his main computer.

Three decades later, The Internet has shaped the way we communicate, access information, share news and watch cat videos.

At Daily Hive, we've gone through a virtual transformation as well.

Would you believe it has been 30 years since the first steps were taken down the "information super highway?" In the meantime, does this bring you back to the mid-90s?

A particle physicist working at CERN like so many other scientists from around he world, Englishman Berners-Lee, now 63, wrote out a proposal on March 12, 1989 - an idea to connect the computers in a network so that the hard-working scientists could continue to collaborate even after they parted ways.

The "hypertext thing" eventually became the "http" protocol that we'd use in front of web addresses.

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Berners-Lee, the English software engineer who submitted his proposal for what would evolve into the World Wide Web 30 years ago Tuesday, said in a letter that his invention no longer serves its true objective to promote the free exchange of information around the globe.

Paul Clarke [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsTrend Micro, also celebrating its 30-year anniversary in the past year, is on the same page as Berners-Lee in furthering efforts to protect human rights and public safety on the internet through initiatives like the What's Your Story? competition.

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

The World Wide Web Foundation promotes a "Contract for the Web", a list of guidelines for governments, companies and citizens.

Berners-Lee, who has previously rallied for improvements to the technology, said the "fight for the web is one of the most important causes of our time".

Berners-Lee worked at CERN in the 1980s as a young software engineer.

Berners-Lee also cited state-sponsored hacking, online harassment, hate speech, and the spread of misinformation as just some of his concerns.

In his article, Berners-Lee acknowledged major shortcomings of his brainchild, saying people "feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good".

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