Google Doodle on Tuesday celebrated 30 years of the World Wide Web, an invention that changed the future of the human world.
On March 12, 1989, 33-years-old, Sir Tim Berners-Lee , working at Europe’s CERN lab had submitted the ‘Information Management: A Proposal’ to his boss which we today know as the birth of the World Wide Web.
The first recorded response of his boss was,“Vague but exciting.”
Initially, Berners-Lee envisioned “a large hypertext database with typed links,”named “Mesh,” to help his colleagues at CERN (a large nuclear physics laboratory in Switzerland) share information amongst multiple computers.
Berners-Lee’s boss allowed him time to develop the humble flowchart into a working model, writing the HTML language, the HTTP application, and WorldWideWeb.app— the first Web browser and page editor. By 1991, the external Web servers were up and running.
The web was made public in April 1993. Its popularity started spreading from November with the launch of Mosaic, the first search engine to accept pictures. That revolutionised the web, making it user friendly.
Mosaic was later replaced by the likes of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
Thanks to the web the number of internet users explodes, from several million in the early 1990s to more than 400 million people in 2000.
The 2000s marks the beginning of wireless internet for all.
Marking the 30th anniversary of his revolutionary innovation, World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, in a media interaction appealed for internet users to strive to maintain “complete control” of their data.
He slammed the increasing commodification of personal information and has been on a mission to save his invention from a range of problems increasingly dominating online life, including misinformation and a lack of data protection.
“You should have complete control of your data. It’s not oil. It’s not a commodity,” he told a small group of journalists gathered at Europe’s physics lab CERN, where he first came up with the idea for the web 30 years ago.
In a letter published Monday, he hailed the opportunities the web had created, giving marginalised groups a voice and making daily life easier.
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”.
He was nevertheless optimistic that the problems could be fixed.
“If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.”