Google doodle marks 30th birthday of World Wide Web

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Berners-Lee was working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) outside of Geneva, Switzerland, in 1989 when he submitted Information Management: A proposal. "They must ensure markets remain competitive, innovative and open", Berners-Lee said.

"Today, half of the world is online", he said. Today some 2 billion websites exist.

"Given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can't be changed for the better in the next 30", he says.

"Look at the 50 per cent who are on the web, and it's not so pretty for them", he said.

In the years that followed, Berners-Lee wrote the first HTML language, the HTTP application, and the first web browser.

Berners-Lee worked at CERN in the 1980s as a young software engineer.

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
Google doodle marks 30th birthday of World Wide Web

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.

Under the contract, governments are called upon to make sure everyone can connect to the internet, to keep it available and to respect privacy. It is the primary tool people use to interact on the Internet. Citizens are to create and to cooperate and respect "civil discourse", among other things. As The Associated Press reports, "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 Contract for the Web recognizes that whether humanity, in fact, is constructive or not actually depends on the way you write the code of the social network", he said.

"Thank goodness it wasn't "Exciting but vague", Berners-Lee said.

In the United States, for example, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) repealed net neutrality protections in 2017, serving big cable companies at the expense of the public interest-a move Berners-Lee strongly opposed. Users too should do their best to advocate for a free, open and safe web and "Foster constructive healthy conversations online".

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