Google Doodle Celebrates World Wide Web's 30th Birthday

Judy Cobb
March 15, 2019

The first web browser was released in 1991 - first to the research institutions and then to the general public on the Internet in the same year. His foundation is working with web companies and governments on a Contract for the Web, which will "establish clear norms, laws and standards that underpin the web".

Sir Tim first proposed the idea of a system which would turn into World Wide Web on 12 March 1989.

Today we celebrate 30 years of the World Wide Web, the hypertext interface applied to the tubes of the Internet.

The internet, which is a network of networks formed of computers, existed long before the World Wide Web.

But while his invention has put millions of people in touch with one another and given us access to information which would once have seen inconceivable, it has also unleashed a dark side which troubles Berners-Lee.

The Internet did not begin with Tim Berners-Lee, however.

Late previous year, a key threshold was crossed - roughly half the world has gotten online.

Issuing a letter and speaking to reporters Monday about his historical first paper he penned with an outline of what would become the world wide web, Berners-Lee couldn't have foreseen that moment would transform billions of lives and reconstruct the global economy.

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"[But] it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit", he added.

Tim Berners-Lee, then a 33-year-old software engineer, handed in a proposal that ignited the information age.

"The contract for the web must not be a list of quick fixes but a process that signals a shift in how we understand our relationship with our online community", he says.

On April 30 1993, CERN published a statement that made World Wide Web technology available on a royalty-free basis.

"Platforms and products must be designed with privacy, diversity and security in mind".

The European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, plans to host Berners-Lee and other web aficionados on Tuesday. "It is more urgent than ever to ensure the other half is not left behind offline and that everyone contributes to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity", he wrote. There was a second part of the dream, too, dependent on the Web being so generally used that it became a realistic mirror (or in fact the primary embodiment) of the ways in which we work and play and socialize.

The contract, which is not "written in stone", must help guide people on the journey from "digital adolescence to a more mature, responsible and inclusive future", the web inventor said.

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