At Age 30, World Wide Web Is 'Not the Web We Wanted'

English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web delivers a speech during an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva Switzerland

At Age 30, World Wide Web Is 'Not the Web We Wanted'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the English scientist credited with the invention of the World Wide Web, isn't too happy about where said web is going.

Berners-Lee wasn't looking to transform modern life when he invented the World Wide Web; he had just gotten exhausted of having to switch computers whenever he needed to access information that wasn't on his main work computer.

Google isn't the only one celebrating the birth of the World Wide Web though. Three decades later, there are nearly two-billion active websites and half the globe is online. Speaking to reporters at CERN, he said: "They are all stepping back, suddenly horrified after the Trump and Brexit elections, realizing that this web thing that they thought was that cool is actually not necessarily serving humanity very well". He also could not foresee the proliferation of hacking, criminal behaviour and hatred now spread online. The Contract, which has been backed by companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook, outlines a set of principles to which governments, companies and citizens should commit to, including free, affordable access to the internet and respect for consumers' privacy and personal data.

The U.S. military had been using a global network of computers that communicate with each other known as the "internet" since the 1960s when a then 33-year-old Berners-Lee introduced the design for the "web", according to The Verge His idea grew - Berners-Lee developed HTML language and the HTTP application before launching the world's first web browser in 1991.

English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee 3rd left on the podium best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web attends an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva Switzerland

The web also fuels the risky spread of misinformation; search engine optimization tactics can push fake news stories to the top of Google search results, feeding internet users with falsities.

"The web is for everyone and collectively we hold the power to change it".

The inventor of the World Wide Web has called for better regulation of the online world to ensure it remains a vital resource for everyone.

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