‘Father of The Web’ Celebrates 25th Year Anniversary of the Internet With a Call to Action

On March 12th, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee put forth a proposal to make information sharing possible over computers, using nodes and links to create a "web." While the CERN physics lab where he worked could not justify the project, his bosses allowed him to do the work there in his spare time. That little side project by Tim Berners-Lee became what we know now as the Internet.

In a guest post on Google's official blog, Tim Berners-Lee, who is credited with being the "father of the Web," celebrated the web's 25th anniversary by urging internet users to push their governments to support the development of a "digital bill of rights" that would "advance a free and open web for everyone." While Berners-Lee hails the anniversary as a day to celebrate, he also warns that internet users should pay attention to and help shape "key decisions on the governance and future of the Internet" that he says are "looming."

"So today is a day to celebrate," wrote Berners-Lee. "But it’s also an occasion to think, discuss—and do. Key decisions on the governance and future of the Internet are looming, and it’s vital for all of us to speak up for the web’s future. How can we ensure that the other 60 percent around the world who are not connected get online fast? How can we make sure that the web supports all languages and cultures, not just the dominant ones? How do we build consensus around open standards to link the coming Internet of Things? Will we allow others to package and restrict our online experience, or will we protect the magic of the open web and the power it gives us to say, discover, and create anything? How can we build systems of checks and balances to hold the groups that can spy on the net accountable to the public? These are some of my questions—what are yours?

On the 25th birthday of the web, I ask you to join in—to help us imagine and build the future standards for the web, and to press for every country to develop a digital bill of rights to advance a free and open web for everyone. Learn more at www.webat25.org, and speak up for the sort of web we really want with #web25."

Berners-Lee has always been a strong proponent of an open internet, though he has been more vocal in recent years, and a strong critical voice of the surveillance activities of groups such as the NSA and the UK's GCHQ.

You can read his entire blog post here.

Source: The Verge

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