Tim Berners-Lee on Tuesday joined a celebration of the Web and looked back at his invention at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), starting with a proposal published on March 12, 1989. Search marketers owe their livelihood to Berners-Lee.
But he was optimistic because of a strong resolve among governments to avoid balkanisation of the Internet, and a strong resolve among people in social networks who had - surprisingly - been shocked at people trying to hack elections.
The World Wide Web, now ubiquitously known as the internet, turns 30 today.
The inventor of the World Wide Web, British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, agrees.
While he is happy that half of the world's population is now online, it is the other half he is anxious about. They must ensure markets remain competitive, innovative and open.
The first ever words that Berners-Lee's boss uttered after he proposed his plan about information management were 'vague but exciting.' Both had never realized that the complexity of Lee's proposal will signal the phenomenal birth of the World Wide Web that is now being used by billions of people worldwide.
But he warned, "it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crimes easier to commit".
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He also said the resolution "sets a bad precedent" because the United States is not directly involved in Yemen. Mr Trump has vowed to veto the resolution should it pass through the Democrat-led Congress.
"It is understandable that many people feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good", said Berners-Lee.
System design that creates perverse incentives where users' value and wellbeing is sacrificed, such as ad-based revenue models that commercially reward clickbait and the viral spread of misinformation.
Under this contract, governments are called on to take steps to make sure all citizens can connect to the internet and that individual privacy is respected.
According to him, the fight for the web is one of the most important causes of the present generation.
"With every new feature, new website, the divide between those who are online and those who are not increases and making it more imperative to make the web available for everyone", he said. "We will have failed the web", he said.
He hopes governments will keep web advocates on board that will "stand up to protect an open web" and that companies will keep privacy and security in mind when designing their platforms and products.