World Wide Web turns 30 years old

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Thirty years ago Tuesday, 33-year-old software engineer Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal to his boss that would set the technology world on fire and usher in the information age.

People who had grown up taking the internet's neutrality for granted now found that the administration of US President Donald Trump had "rolled that back". By challenging ourselves, we are also measuring success or at least understand the number of sacrifices one is willing to make in the name of it. Tim Berners-Lee's success in creating the World Wide Web, despite the challenges he encountered, is just another example of a man who is not afraid of falling.

Google fêtes the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web or WWW with a GIF doodle.

To Berners-Lee, the web is a "mirror of humanity" where "you will see good and bad".

From entrepreneurs and innovators to bigger organisations, the digital technology sector is one of the UK's fastest-growing industries, worth £116.5 billion to the economy, boosting productivity and employing more than 2.1 million people.

As of late 2018, half of the world was online, with the other half often struggling to secure access.

They must ensure markets remain competitive, innovative and open.

Earlier today in Geneva, Berners-Lee and other old-timers from that burgeoning tech era, urged governments, corporations, companies and citizens worldwide to come together and make the web more accessible to those who are not yet "online".

World Wide Web turns 30 years old

"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 said.

Over the past 30 years, Berners-Lee has watched his creation evolve into a force he could have never envisioned.

Although Mike Sendall will always be remembered for his caution about the web, Berners-Lee says he was never anything other than totally supportive of his work.

He assured that the web foundation was working with governments, companies and citizens to make the web safer.

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 is also unhappy at how giving people a platform for free debate has led to "the outraged and polarised tone and quality of online discourse". In an effort to solve the inefficiency, Berners-Lee suggested building a "large hypertext database with typed links".

Berners-Lee has since become a sort of father figure for the internet community, been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and named as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century by Time magazine.



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