Companies celebrate The Internet's 30th birthday by sharing their retro origins


Berners-Lee has already outlined the solution to these problems a year ago, when he launched his Contract for the Web initiative. Through a variety of initiatives, Berners-Lee is working to change that.

Sir Tim invented the World Wide Web because he was frustrated to have to constantly log on to a different computer every time he wanted to access different information not on his main computer.

"If we don't elect politicians who defend a free and open web, if we don't do our part to foster constructive healthy conversations online", said Sir Tim. This is the research center where Berners-Lee was working as a computer engineer when he developed his ideas for the World Wide Web. Some trace the actual start of the web to 1990, when he released the first web browser.

Today, web concepts like html, http and URL are universally recognised.

"The openness is wonderful, the connectivity is wonderful, the fact that it was created as a network for academics who are kind of into trusting each other..." she said.

The web has created opportunity and made our lives easier, but many people feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good, he said, adding that he sees three sources of dysfunction affecting today's web.

While he calls for laws and code to minimize misuse such as state-sponsored hacking, criminal behavior and harassment, Berners-Lee believes it will be impossible to erase completely such behavior - but the world needs to try.

The web also fuels the risky spread of misinformation; search engine optimization tactics can push fake news stories to the top of Google search results, feeding internet users with falsities. The goal of showcasing it online is to let people know the origin, as well as, the importance of the web, and also emphasizing that people nowadays are abusing the advantages offered by the tool.

Now, 30 years later, Lee can't hold back the disappointment in seeing the world wide web being used for ill intentions.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, we've gathered some of the "firsts" of the web and the internet. "They must ensure markets remain competitive, innovative and open", Berners-Lee said.

"The contract for the web must not be a list of quick fixes but a process that signals a shift in how we understand our relationship with our online community", he says.

The contract, which is not "written in stone", must help guide people on the journey from "digital adolescence to a more mature, responsible and inclusive future", the web inventor said.

Many websites from the early days of the Web have gone dark, but the first one is still live.