Marking 30 years of the web, Tim Berners-Lee calls for a joint fight against disinformation

Mar 13, 2019 ·

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The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has published an open letter to mark the 30th anniversary of the day — March 12, 1989 — when he submitted his original proposal for an information management system that went on to underpin the birth of online services.

The proposal, dubbed "vague but exciting" by his boss at the time, married hypertext with Internet TCP and domain name system ideas. Berners-Lee also had to design and build a web browser and put together the first web server. The first website was put up a couple of years later, running on a NeXT computer at CERN, where Berners-Lee had worked.

The rest, as they say, is internet history.

Thirty years on from the free and open online information playground Berners-Lee had envisaged, it’s fair to say today’s web isn’t quite the academic, egalitarian paradise he dreamed of.

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