Google Doodle goes all tech to celebrate 30th anniversary


It was on March 12 in 1989 that British physicist Tim Berners-Lee, working for Europe's physics lab CERN, proposed a decentralised system of information management.

"Thank goodness it wasn't "Exciting but vague", Berners-Lee said. The tech is not to be confused with the internet itself, which is the global computer network that dates back to the 1960s.

Berners-Lee also called for a response to the "unintended negative consequences" of the web, which he said had led to "the outraged and polarised tone and quality of online discourse".

"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", he wrote.

"[The plan] must be clear enough to act as a guiding star for the way forward but flexible enough to adapt to the rapid pace of change in technology", Berners-Lee said. However, he thinks that doesn't mean things can't change, and it definitely doesn't mean we should all just give up on the web because of where it is today.

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
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"It's our journey from digital adolescence to a more mature, responsible and inclusive future". "But if we dream a little and work a lot, we can get the web we want", he added in the blog post.

If you're looking for a more interactive way to celebrate the start of the web's 30th, CERN rebuilt the original WorldWideWeb browser developed on an Apple NeXT computer in 1990.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the English scientist credited with the invention of the World Wide Web, isn't too happy about where said web is going.

He urged governments, companies and citizens to "ensure the other half (of the world) are not left behind offline, and that everyone contributes to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity". "We will have failed the web".

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