Yesterday, the World celebrated the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web.
However, despite the growth, it’s still plagued by a number of challenges, some of which the founder, Tim Berners-Lee addressed in his open letter. According to him:
Many people feel afraid and unsure if the web is really a force for good. While the web has created opportunity, given marginalized groups a voice, and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crime easier to commit.
“You can’t just blame one government, one social network or the human spirit…To get this right, we will need to come together as a global web community.”
As part of the celebration, Berners-Lee will be visiting Lagos today (March 13).
I’m taking a 30-hour journey with @webfoundation to celebrate the web’s 30th birthday.
First stop @CERN — where it all began.
We’ll be visiting London, UK today and finishing in Lagos, Nigeria tomorrow.
— Tim Berners-Lee (@timberners_lee) March 12, 2019
There’s a need for “Elected officials who will take action when private sector interests threaten the public good and who will stand up to protect the open web.”