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Celebrating the Web Foundation’s 10th Birthday – World Wide Web Foundation
Ten years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Rosemary Leith established the World Wide Web Foundation to advance their vision of the open web as a public good and a basic right.
We’ve come a long way in the past decade. 50% of the world is now online and billions are able to access information and use technology to solve problems in their communities.
The Web Foundation too has grown — from five people to a global team of 30 who work to create a safe and empowering web for everyone. Our powerful research, advocacy and groundbreaking partnerships have helped make the web more affordable for millions of people, positioned gender at the heart of global digital debate and influenced policy across the world.
We are proud of the progress we’ve made — but we know our work is nowhere near done. Half the world remains without access and there are too many unacceptable risks for those who are online. It is more important than ever to fight for the web we want.
That’s why, on November 25, we’ll launch the Contract for the Web — a global plan to protect the web as a force for good.
As we look to the challenges ahead, we want to pay tribute to our founders, colleagues and partners, past and present, who have worked so hard and have marked up some terrific achievements in this past decade.
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yesterday by rgl7194
As the internet turns 50, we must protect it as a force for good – World Wide Web Foundation
On October 29, 1969, the internet era began as UCLA Computer Science Professor Len Kleinrock sent the first message on ARPANET, a network of computers that would evolve to become the internet.
Five decades later, and 30 years since the World Wide Web brought the internet into the mainstream, global digital connectivity has fundamentally changed our world. 
Marking the anniversary, our founder and inventor of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, said:
“It’s astonishing to think the internet is already half a century old. But its birthday is not altogether a happy one. The internet — and the World Wide Web it enabled — have changed our lives for the better and have the power to transform millions more in the future. But increasingly we’re seeing that power for good being subverted, whether by scammers, people spreading hatred or vested interests threatening democracy.
“A year ago, I called for a new Contract for the Web, bringing together governments, companies and citizen groups to come up with a clear plan of action to protect the web as a force for good. In a month’s time that plan will be ready. This birthday must mark the moment we take on the fight for the web we want.”
We urgently need an ambitious, coordinated effort to tackle the threats facing the internet and the web, and make sure that everyone is able to access the benefits of digital technology. Next month, we’ll publish the Contract for the Web — a plan created by experts and individuals from across the world to make sure our online world is safe, empowering and genuinely for everyone.
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21 days ago by rgl7194
History of the Web – World Wide Web Foundation
Brief history of how Tim Berners-Lee invented the WWW.
4 weeks ago by decembr14

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