At 30, World Wide Web ‘not the web we wanted,’ inventor says

Updated - November 28, 2021 10:07 am IST

Published - March 12, 2019 04:03 pm IST - Geneva

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee delivers a speech during an event marking 30 years of World Wide Web, on March 12, 2019 at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland.

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee delivers a speech during an event marking 30 years of World Wide Web, on March 12, 2019 at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland.

At its ripe old age of 30 and with half the globe using it, the World Wide Web is facing growing pains with issues like hate speech, privacy concerns and state-sponsored hacking, its creator says.

Tim Berners-Lee joined a celebration on Tuesday of the Web and reminisced about where he invented it at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research beginning with a proposal published on March 12, 1989.

 

The 63-year-old Englishman is calling on governments, companies and citizens to work together, and wants the web to become more accessible to those who aren’t online.

Speaking at a “Web 30” conference, Berners-Lee acknowledged that for those who are online, “the web is not the web we wanted in every respect”.

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