World Wide Web Google Logo For 30th Anniversary

English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web delivers a speech during an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva Switzerland

How better to celebrate the internet's 30th birthday than with one big globe-spanning virtual party? If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us.

On this day in 1989, English software engineer Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal that detailed the creation of the World Wide Web. The designs paints a more optimistic picture of the web compared to its creator, who offered a more cynical view of his invention.

To mark the 30th birth anniversary of the World Wide Web, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday that the World Wide Web must emerge from "adolescence".

"Look at the 50 percent who are on the web, and it's not so pretty for them", he said.

According to Reuters, he said "They are all stepping back, suddenly horrified after the Trump and Brexit elections, realising that this web thing that they thought was that cool is actually not necessarily serving humanity very well". These events are part of a larger 30-hour social celebration of the web's history today and tomorrow, with each hour representing a different year of the internet with tweets and posts from founders, inventors, and organizations around the world. One is malicious intent, which includes state-sponsored hacking, harassment and just plain old crime.

English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee 3rd left on the podium best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web attends an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva Switzerland

October 1990: Lee wrote the first web browser while employed at CERN near Geneva, Switzerland.

He urged governments, companies and citizens to "ensure the other half (of the world) are not left behind offline, and that everyone contributes to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity".

Berners-Lee wrote that this contract is not a quick fix, but rather a way to improve people's relationship with the online world.

Berners-Lee also called for a response to the "unintended negative consequences" of the web, which he said had led to "the outraged and polarised tone and quality of online discourse".

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