Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

At age 30, World Wide Web is ‘not the web we wanted’

At age 30, World Wide Web is ‘not the web we wanted’

The High Performance Computing Act was passed by US Congress in 1991, which helped develop accessible web use.

Driven by the same spark that led him to create the world wide web, Berners-Lee launched a platform called Solid in 2015, which he says will allow users to maintain full control of their data.

Ninety per cent of adults in the United Kingdom used the internet past year, and there are few industries in the world that have not been touched in some way.

"The dream behind the Web is of a common information space in which we communicate by sharing information", he wrote.

While, as Berners-Lee notes, no one person, corporation, or government is exclusively at fault for the web's current problems, resistance to what he and many others see as necessary systemic reforms has come from powerful companies and political actors.

Some tough regulation may be necessary in some places, in others not, Berners-Lee said. To celebrate its anniversary, tech firms, early web users and retired politicians are flooding #Web30 on Twitter with nostalgic posts remembering their first interactions with the world wide web.

In an open letter to mark the anniversary, Berners-Lee said many people now felt unsure about whether the web was a force for good, but that it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that it could not change for the better.

The celebration kicked off with a short panel discussion involving Berners-Lee and a group of scientists and industry partners at CERN outside Geneva on Tuesday morning, which was part of a 30-hour trip by the father of the WWW who would then travel to London and later to Lagos, Nigeria, for a series of celebrating activities.

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And so Berners-Lee and others advocated for CERN to permanently make the underlying code available on a royalty-free basis, and in April 1993, that vision became a reality.

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

A few years later, in 1994, former USA president Bill Clinton and then prime minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt, were the first global leaders to exchange emails over the world wide web.

Unintended negative consequences of benevolent design, such as the outraged and polarized tone and quality of online discourse.

He said that citizens must hold companies and governments accountable for the commitments they make.

This year's challenge is to create an impactful video around the question, "If you could have one special power that would make life online better, what would it be?". And they have a responsibility to protect people's rights and freedoms online.

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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