World Wide Web Turns 30 This Month

To Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the world wide web is a “mirror of humanity” where “you will see good and bad.” He should know, more than anyone. The world wide web was invented by Tim Berners-Lee in March of 1989, while he was working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Switzerland. He was originally trying to find a new way for scientists to easily share the data from their experiments. Hypertext and the internet already existed, but no one had thought of a way to use the internet to link one document directly to another.

His vision soon went beyond a network for scientists to share information, in that he wanted it to become a universal and free ‘information space’ to share knowledge, to communicate, and to collaborate. Tim Berners-Lee also made the world’s first web browser and web server.

The inventor of the World Wide Web knows his revolutionary innovation is coming of age, and doesn’t always like what he sees: state-sponsored hacking, online harassment, hate speech and misinformation among the ills of its “digital adolescence.” Speaking at a “Web@30” conference, Berners-Lee acknowledged, “The web is not the web we wanted in every respect. The anniversary offers an opportunity to reflect on how far we have yet to go,” Berners-Lee said, calling the “fight” for the web “one of the most important causes of our time.” 

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