Inventor of the World Wide Web Says It Needs Major Fixing on Its 30th Birthday

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Tim Berners-Lee is the inventor of the World Wide Web, and he's not happy with the way things have gone since its creation. In an open letter published Monday — one day before the WWW's 30th birthday — Berners-Lee called for global action to fight state-sponsored hacking, criminal behavior, and abusive language on the internet.

The letter acknowledges that the web has done a lot of fantastic things —including becoming "a public square, a library, a doctor's office, a shop, a school, a design studio, an office, a cinema, a bank, and so much more."

"And 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," Berners-Lee added.

Berners-Lee has previously fought for improvements, and just last year he came up with solutions for the problems facing the web with his Contract for the Web initiative. The Contract, which is supported by companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook, outlines principles that governments, companies and citizens should commit to, including free and affordable access to the internet and respect for consumers' privacy and personal data.

As for who to blame and how to fix it: "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."

"The fight for the web is one of the most important causes of our time," Berners-Lee wrote. "Today, half of the world is online. It is more urgent than ever to ensure the other half are not left behind offline, and that everyone contributes to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity."