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World Wide Web marks 30 years

15 March 2019
World Wide Web marks 30 years

Today, to mark the 30th anniversary of the invention, Google has dedicated a Google Doodle to the world-changing event, while Sir Tim Berners-Lee has called on a fresh generation to build on his design and safeguard the web's future. It connected the world in a way that made it much easier for people to get information, share, and communicate.

Personal data essentially has become a form of currency that internet users turn over-sometimes unintentionally-to major tech corporations such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google in exchange for using their services.

Now, as we celebrate the 30th birthday of what we know today as the world wide web, we can all agree that Sendall's comment was perhaps the "biggest understatement of the century".

Internet users must fight to keep control of their data, says the inventor of the World Wide Web, British scientist Tim Berners-Lee.

Berners-Lee will be speaking live on YouTube today, talking more about how he sees the web.

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).

He says the web has created opportunities for good but has also "given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit".

The celebration kicked off with a short panel discussion involving Berners-Lee and a group of scientists and industry partners at CERN outside Geneva on Tuesday morning, which was part of a 30-hour trip by the father of the WWW who would then travel to London and later to Lagos, Nigeria, for a series of celebrating activities.

In January the following year the web was released outside Cern to other research institutions, before being opened to the general public on the Internet seven months later.

"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.

Half the world still isn't.

The whole thing began when Berners-Lee grew frustrated that CERN was losing track of valuable project information because of personnel turnover and incompatible computers people brought with them to the office. "We will have failed the web", he said.

The Internet did not begin with Tim Berners-Lee, however. The contract aims to establish a set of laws and standards, to which "governments, companies and citizens are all contributing".

The World Wide Web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989.

"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".

Berners-Lee, who a year ago launched a development platform called "Solid" aimed at giving users control of their data, described a frightening future if we do not rise to the challenge of privacy protection.