Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the man who created the world wide web in 1989, has some regrets. He has seen his creation debased by everything from fake news to mass surveillance. Can it be fixed? He seems to think so.
The world wide web turns 30. Where does it go from here?
Today, 30 years on from my original proposal for an information management system, half the world is online. It’s a moment to celebrate how far we’ve come, but also an opportunity to reflect on how far we have yet to go.
The web has become a public square, a library, a doctor’s office, a shop, a school, a design studio, an office, a cinema, a bank, and so much more. Of course with every new feature, every new website, the divide between those who are online and those who are not increases, making it all the more imperative to make the web available for everyone.
And while the web has created opportunity, given marginalized groups a voice, and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit.
- Tim Berners-Lee
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