The Web Is 30. Here's What Its Inventor Thinks

Internet Inventor’s Boss Called Idea “Vague But Exciting” 30 Years Ago

Internet Inventor’s Boss Called Idea “Vague But Exciting” 30 Years Ago

In his letter, Sir Tim said it would be "defeatist and unimaginative" to assume the web could not be changed for the better given how far it has come in 30 years, but urged governments, organisations and the public to work together to improve the current system.

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, March 12, 2019.

Berners-Lee told reporters that some political events in recent years also led many people to distrust the web.

One is malicious intent, which includes state-sponsored hacking, harassment and just plain old crime.

The internet, which is a network of networks formed of computers, existed long before the World Wide Web. In his annual published letter, the father of the Internet, Tim Berners-Lee, identifies three dysfunctions and solutions.

All those web pages, photos, videos and any kind of content on the online platform can be called World Wide Web, which you can access through a browser. We need open web champions within government - civil servants and elected officials who will take action when private sector interests threaten the public good. "[The inventor], Tim Berners-Lee, wasn't hired to make the World Wide Web, but he could see that CERN had a lot of problems finding information and connecting the right information", says our guest, Professor Niels Brügger, who is specialised in internet studies and digital humanities.

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While few would argue with these high-minded sentiments, it may be easier said than done convincing companies that make money out of the web, particularly given the level of cut-throat competition that the internet has created.

System design that creates perverse incentives where users' value and wellbeing is sacrificed, such as ad-based revenue models that commercially reward clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation.

Berners-Lee launched a campaign called "Contract for the Web" at the Web Summit tech conference in Lisbon, Portugal, last year.

Berners-Lee has already persuaded Facebook and Google to sign up to his proposed solution: A code of ethics that binds private companies, governments, and citizens to work for a better web.

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.

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

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