30 years of World Wide Web

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Half the world uses the internet every day in all kinds of way. It all started when, in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee, then a CERN worker in Switzerland, proposed to his boss the creation of a system that would facilitate the circulation of information between laboratories’ networks. This is how was born, from Switzerland to the world, a network that is very familiar to us.

Although Berners-Lee’s idea was very revolutionary at the time, the notion of a commercial network was only demystified and popularized in the 1990s, when the Netscape browser, created by Mosaic Communications Corporation, was introduced.

Tim Berners-Lee followed the tradition and wrote a letter of celebration in the anniversary of the World Wide Web (WWW), where optimism and confidence in improving are present. “(…) It would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web (…) can’t be changed for the better in the next 30 (years)” said Berners-Lee, reinforcing the idea that we can not give up on the internet.

Tim Berners-Lee on Twitter

It’s up to us: https://t.co/cw39fNVZoM #Web30 #ForTheWeb

While the appearance of the WWW has brought many benefits to the human being, as for example, the high speed in which we get information from other parts of the world, Tim Berners-Lee also pointed out what are, in his opinion, the greatest dangers in the online world. Narrowing relationships and communication have brought the problem of misuse of the internet, such as criminal behavior and hacking. In addition, the dissemination of polarized and disruptive information and discourses online are major threats to the web.

In a farewell tone, the creator of the WWW made sure to express through his open letter the desire to see citizens, companies and governments go hand in hand in order to better manage the online space. This issue had previously been addressed when launching the Web Agreement, in the Web Summit 2018, which took place in November in Lisbon, Portugal.

Tim Berners-Lee says the Web Agreement should not be a list of quick fixes, but a process that signals a change. The idea is that the contract is understandable, being seen as a “guiding star” that plots the way, but flexible enough to adapt to the pace of technology. At the end of the letter, Berners-Lee concludes that this journey is a maturation of the digital teenagehood for a more promising and responsible future.

Google did not want to leave this day pass in blank, congratulating the 30 years of the WWW through an animated Doodle, which represents a computer connected to a network receiving information.

On this side, we also wanted to remember this day as an important milestone in the birth and evolution of Wikitribune as an online journalism platform.

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