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.
He said that governments, technology companies and web users around the world have to make their contributions to make the web safer in the next 30 years.
A year later, Berners-Lee created the first web browser, which was recently made available as a web app, and the web was born.
The doodle is a far cry from the web we know now-it shows a beige computer and keyboard with a slow-downloading video, which hearkens back to the early days of the web.
This year, outside his regular annual writing, the 63-year-old scientist made an onstage appearance at his old employer, CERN, to reiterate the idea of the "Contract for the Web", a framework to govern the use of the internet he first proposed in November 2018. "We're celebrating, but we're also very concerned", Berners-Lee said.
In 1992, Berners-Lee needed a photo to test out the World Wide Web's new image-hosting capabilities. "It's our journey from digital adolescence to a more mature, responsible, and inclusive future". "You should not be able to sell it for money", Berners-Lee told reporters at CERN, according to Agence France-Presse, "because it's a right".
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"Today, half of the world is online".
Berners-Lee also cited state-sponsored hacking, online harassment, hate speech, and the spread of misinformation as just some of his concerns.
"Deliberate, malicious intent, system design that creates perverse incentives and unintended negative consequences had contributed in creating a dysfunction on the web".
On one issue, he's insistent: "Net neutrality - strong regulation", Berners-Lee said, hammering a fist on the table. 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.
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.