Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Web can be changed for better in next 30 yrs

Web can be changed for better in next 30 yrs

Berners-Lee, the English software engineer who submitted his proposal for what would evolve into the World Wide Web 30 years ago Tuesday, said in a letter that his invention no longer serves its true objective to promote the free exchange of information around the globe.

Berners-Lee, a Computer Engineer from Switzerland, in 1989 proposed a way for computers to easily share information and since then people have been sending more emails than mails.

Today on Google's home page is a Doodle, a special Google logo, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.

"Today, half of the world is online".

There are almost 2 billion websites today; as a platform for socializing, shopping, gaming or watching videos online, it's hard to imagine getting along with out it.

Google isn't the only one celebrating the birth of the World Wide Web though.

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

These are deliberate, malicious intent, such as state-sponsored hacking and attacks, criminal behaviour, and online harassment.

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.

Numerous world's largest web-based companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, have come under scrutiny in recent years over data privacy issues and the rising spread of malicious and offensive content.

The web also fuels the risky spread of misinformation; search engine optimization tactics can push fake news stories to the top of Google search results, feeding internet users with falsities.

"And while the web has created opportunity, given marginalised 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".

"As the web reshaped our world, we have the responsibility to make sure it is recognised as a human right and built for the public good", he said.

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