Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Web can be changed for better in next 30 yrs

Web can be changed for better in next 30 yrs

On Monday, as the WWW's 30th anniversary was being marked in CERN, Berners-Lee had a few words to say about the current state of affairs.

Berners-Lee, the English software engineer who submitted his proposal for what would evolve into the World Wide Web 30 years ago Tuesday, said in a letter that his invention no longer serves its true goal to promote the free exchange of information around the globe.

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. "We will have failed the web", he wrote. This is the research center where Berners-Lee was working as a computer engineer when he developed his ideas for the World Wide Web. "They must ensure markets remain competitive, innovative and open", Berners-Lee said.

THIRTY YEARS AGO today, the world changed forever.

Berners-Lee reminisced about how he was really out to get disparate computer systems to talk to one another, and resolve the "burning frustration" over a "lack of interoperability" of documentation from disparate computing systems used at CERN in the late 1980s. Companies are to make the internet affordable, respect privacy and develop technology that will put people - and the "public good" - first. The web's 30th birthday comes as US lawmakers are considering The Save the Internet Act, which would overturn the FCC rollback and restore the 2015 Open Internet Order.

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
How to save the Internet

"While the first category is impossible to eradicate completely, we can create both laws and code to minimize this behavior, just as we have always done offline", Berners-Lee writes.

"Thank goodness it wasn't "Exciting but vague", Berners-Lee said. "Why don't you do that hypertext thing?"

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 decision to make the Web an open system was necessary for it to be universal".

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