Web inventor calls for 'fight' to protect internet on its 30th birthday

Google Doodle celebrates 30th anniversary of World Wide Web

Google Doodle celebrates World Wide Web's 30th birthday

Late a year ago, a key threshold was crossed - roughly half the world has gotten online.

Berners-Lee told a Washington Post event last week that he launched the Solid project in response to concerns about personal data being bought and sold without the consent of users.

But Berners-Lee is optimistic about the future of the web, which he sees as constantly evolving.

"The privileged of the world benefit from the Web but over 50 percent of the population in the world can not", Jorge said.

"Tim Berners-Lee, World Wide Web founderBerners-Lee has long advocated for strong digital rights, an open internet, and breaking up corporate tech giants".

In 1990, Berners-Lee released what we know today as the first web browser, which could use the "http" system to retrieve text and small images.

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In an article published Tuesday, Berners-Lee said "it is more urgent than ever to ensure the other half are not left behind offline, and that everyone contributes to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity". 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.

Under the contract, governments are called upon to make sure everyone can connect to the internet, to keep it available and to respect privacy. Companies are to make the internet affordable, respect privacy and develop technology that will put people - and the "public good" - first.

His World Wide Web Foundation wants to enlist governments, companies, and citizens to take a greater role in shaping the web for good under principles laid out in its "Contract for the Web".

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. He admitted, "while the web has created opportunities, given marginalised groups a voice, and made daily lives easier, it has also created an opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit".

"We shouldn't assume that the world is going to stay like it is", he said.

The doodle is a far cry from the web we know now-it shows a beige computer and keyboard with a slow-downloading video, which hearkens back to the early days of the web.

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