Tim Berners-Lee's perseverance should inspire us to go on in life when things seem hopeless.
Zoom forward 30 years and entire industries, careers and lives have been shaped or distorted by the world wide web.
As the World Wide Web marks its 30th anniversary, its founder and inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, ponders what it has grown into - not always for the good of mankind - and how to fix it.
Help could also be provided by the Web Foundation, founded by Sir Tim, which is now working with governments, companies and citizens to build a new Contract for the Web, which looks to establish concrete "norms, laws and standards" for the Web.
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Still, until Berners-Lee's proposal, the Internet had remained in isolated pockets and were not accessible to many.
The Internet did not begin with Tim Berners-Lee, however.
"We need to get the other half of humanity online as quickly as possible as it's becoming increasingly unfair that they aren't".
Driven by the same spark that led him to create the world wide web, Berners-Lee launched a platform called Solid in 2015, which he says will allow users to maintain full control of their data.
The world wide web opened up the internet to everyone, not just scientists.
On March 12, 1989, the then-33-year-old British computer scientist detailed his vision for a unified computer network in a document called "Information Management: A Proposal".
"The web is for everyone and collectively we hold the power to change it".
Paul Clarke [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsTrend Micro, also celebrating its 30-year anniversary in the past year, is on the same page as Berners-Lee in furthering efforts to protect human rights and public safety on the internet through initiatives like the What's Your Story? competition.
However, he warned saying, "it has also created an opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crimes easier to commit". He was named one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century by Time magazine. "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.
Berners-Lee, who a year ago launched a development platform called "Solid" aimed at giving users control of their data, described a frightening future if we do not rise to the challenge of privacy protection.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us", said Jorge, whose organization works to reduce the cost of internet access in developing countries.