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World Wide Web marks 30 years

World Wide Web marks 30 years

The goal of showcasing it online is to let people know the origin, as well as, the importance of the web, and also emphasizing that people nowadays are abusing the advantages offered by the tool.

Berners-Lee believes users had found the web "not so pretty" recently. It signalled the birth of the World Wide Web that is now used by billions of people.

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.

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". Berners-Lee plans to stop where he first pitched the idea for the web.

"We need to get the other half of humanity online as quickly as possible as it's becoming increasingly unfair that they aren't".

In 1993 it went public and an explosion of interest ensued with companies, governments and people themselves designing their own websites and accessing material.

In his letter, Sir Tim said it would be "defeatist and unimaginative" to assume that the web could not be changed for the better given how far it has come in its first 30 years.

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"The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information", he wrote.

And so Berners-Lee and others advocated for CERN to permanently make the underlying code available on a royalty-free basis, and in April 1993, that vision became a reality. Still, until Berners-Lee's proposal, the Internet had remained in isolated pockets and were not accessible to many.

He hopes governments will keep web advocates on board that will "stand up to protect an open web" and that companies will keep privacy and security in mind when designing their platforms and products.

"And most important of all, citizens must hold companies and governments accountable for the commitments they make, and demand that both respect the web as a global community with citizens at its heart". It is more urgent than ever to ensure the other half are not left behind offline.

"We have a lot of work ahead of us", said Jorge, whose organization works to reduce the cost of internet access in developing countries.

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

The contract, which is not "written in stone", must help guide people on the journey from "digital adolescence to a more mature, responsible and inclusive future", the web inventor said.

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