Sir Tim-Berners Lee calls for greater protection

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THIRTY YEARS AGO today, the world changed forever. If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. Berners-Lee was just trying to troubleshoot an annoying issue when he composed his proposal.

Admitting that the web has created opportunity for cheats, promoted hatred and made all kinds of crime easier to commit, web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has said it is possible to change the web for the better in the next 30 years.

The World Wide Web, now ubiquitously known as the internet, turns 30 today.

Google on Tuesday celebrated the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web with a unique Google Doodle, while the creator of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee, lamented the direction it has taken over the years. "We will have failed the web", he wrote. Berners-Lee worked there in the late 1980s, and had been determined to help bridge a communications and documentation gap among different computer platforms.

Berners-Lee cautioned it was important to strike a balance between oversight and freedom but hard to agree what it should be. The foundation is calling on governments to ensure everyone can connect to the internet, companies to respect privacy and offer web access at affordable rates, and citizens to respect civil discourse online.

"It's our journey from digital adolescence to a more mature, responsible and inclusive future", he wrote. The web's 30th birthday comes as US lawmakers are considering The Save the Internet Act, which would overturn the FCC rollback and restore the 2015 Open Internet Order.

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

Berners-Lee spelled out what he believes are the web's biggest issues, which include state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behavior, and online harassment.

System design that creates perverse incentives.

In 1992, Berners-Lee needed a photo to test out the World Wide Web's new image-hosting capabilities.

According to him, the fight for the web is one of the most important causes of the present generation.

"The Contract for the Web is about sitting down in working groups with other people who signed up, and to say, 'Ok, let's work out what this really means, '" Berners-Lee said.

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