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A timeline of the Internet

On the 30th anniversary of the birth of the World Wide Web, here is a look back at the development of the Internet, now used by billions of people.

WWWorries? Inventor of Web laments coming-of-age woes

The Web’s inventor knows his revolutionary innovation is coming of age, and doesn’t always like what he sees: state-sponsored hacking, invasion of privacy, online harassment, hate speech and misinformation among the ills of its “digital adolescence”.

Web inventor urges users to seek ‘complete control’ of data

World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee on March 11 slammed the increasing commodification of personal information and appealed for Internet users to strive to maintain “complete control” of their data.

Berners-Lee says World Wide Web, at 30, must emerge from ‘adolescence’

The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on March 11, marking the 30th anniversary of the collaborative software project his supervisor initially dubbed "vague but exciting".

30 years later, Berners-Lee sees mission to fix Internet’s ills

Worldwide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said on March 5 he is on a mission to fix the problems of online abuse, misinformation and data protection that were not envisioned when the system was created decades earlier.

As the web turns 30, is it an 'out-of-control monster'?

Thirty years ago this month, a young British software engineer working at a lab near Geneva invented a system for scientists to share information that would ultimately change humanity.

Tech leaders call for greater social media regulation

Social networks need better regulation to stop them spreading “fake news” and undermining democracy, disillusioned tech pioneers said at an industry conference that closed in Lisbon on Nov 8.

Under fire tech sector gathers in Portugal

Europe’s largest tech event, the Web Summit, gets underway in Lisbon on Nov 5 amid a backlash over Internet firms’ role in spreading “fake news” and how they use consumer data.