On March 12th, 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee put forth a proposal to make information sharing possible over computers, using nodes and links to create a “web” that would eventually stretch worldwide and become the modern internet. Now, 25 years to the day after he disseminated that proposal, Berners-Lee has called for the internet he invented to stay free and open.
In a guest post on Google’s official blog, Berners-Lee asked internet users to press for the development of a “digital bill of rights” that would “advance a free and open web for everyone.” Berners-Lee hails today’s anniversary as a day to celebrate, but also warns that internet users should think and act ahead of “key decisions on the governance and future of the Internet” that he says are “looming.”
In order to maintain unfettered access to an internet that is gradually becoming more restricted, Berners-Lee points to the Web at 25 campaign. The campaign will celebrate the internet, showing a series of birthday messages from web luminaries, and promoting the use of a #web25 hashtag. Berners-Lee hopes the campaign — which also features a video message from the inventor — will act as a focal point for the kind of grassroots action he’s calling for.
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