Sir Tim invented the World Wide Web because he was frustrated to have to constantly log on to a different computer every time he wanted to access different information not on his main computer.
His boss responded to that initial proposal in understated fashion, concluding that it was "vague but exciting". That March 1989 blueprint was for the World Wide Web, and although Berners-Lee thinks his brainchild's first 15 years went fairly well, he fears the web has since grown into somewhat of a "troubled adolescent", per the BBC. By the end of 1990, he had implemented key components, namely html, http and URL, and created the first Web server, browser and editor.
Berners-Lee also cited state-sponsored hacking, online harassment, hate speech, and the spread of misinformation as just some of his concerns.
Thirty years ago, Berners-Lee, a British scientist working at CERN, submitted an ordinary-looking document to his superior entitled "Information Management: a Proposal", external link which would revolutionise the way we live today.
Berners-Lee created a group called the World Wide Web Foundation.
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Acknowledging the ways in which the web can become a breeding ground for malicious intent, Berners-Lee emphasized the need to "come together as a global web community", calling for companies, governments and individuals to do more.
Unintended negative consequences of benevolent design, such as the outraged and polarized tone and quality of online discourse.
By 2000 - the first year the US-based Pew Research Center tracked internet usage - half of the population was already online. Twenty years later, the World Wide Web made this technology user-friendly and accessible to the public. 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.
Berners-Lee is now working with the Web Foundation on a "Contract For The Web" which, if adopted, would protect "governments, companies and citizens" from the dark side of the connected world. But if we dream a little and work a lot, we can get the web we want. The inventor also remains optimistic about its long term prospects saying, "If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us".
He urged governments, companies and citizens to "ensure the other half (of the world) are not left behind offline, and that everyone contributes to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity".