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


This year, outside his regular annual writing, the 63-year-old scientist made an onstage appearance at his old employer, CERN, to reiterate the idea of the "Contract for the Web", a framework to govern the use of the internet he first proposed in November 2018. In practice, the access to a browser on a home computer made the internet easily accessible to consumers for the first time. It also has given groups traditionally not heard a new voice in society.

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

Berners-Lee, credited with creating the web in 1989, is on a mission to save his invention from a range of problems increasingly dominating online life, including misinformation and a lack of data protection. However, he added that the web had also provided new ways for "scammers" to carry out crimes and "given a voice to those who spread hatred". Speaking to reporters at CERN, he said: "They are all stepping back, suddenly horrified after the Trump and Brexit elections, realizing that this web thing that they thought was that cool is actually not necessarily serving humanity very well".

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
How to save the Internet

Developers and designers at CERN recently rebuilt the original browser, allowing people to experience the World Wide Web as it was first intended. His actual plan is called the "Contract for the Web". In his opinion, people are no longer certain if the internet is a force of good or not.

WWW is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) and are accessible via the Internet.

"Given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can't be changed for the better in the next 30", he says. "We need open web champions within government - civil servants and elected officials who will take action when private sector interests threaten the public good and who will stand up to protect the open web". His story was based on reports from the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse and online sources. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.

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