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Thank you for helping us celebrate 30 years of the web

Web Foundation · July 4, 2019

On March 12, 2019, the World Wide Web turned 30. We embarked on a 30-hour journey — from CERN in Switzerland to the Science Museum in London to W.TEC in Lagos — to commemorate the web’s past while also looking ahead to the fight for its future. Here’s a look at the celebrations.


To mark the occasion, we also created a crowdsourced timeline on Twitter, capturing the milestones and moments that brought us to #Web30 — and featuring tweets by our founder and web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, founding director of the Web Science Trust Dame Wendy Hall, Amazon, the Nobel Women’s Initiative, former Prime Minister of Estonia Andrus Ansip, and many, many more.


In his annual birthday letter, Sir Tim Berners-Lee called on us all to join together to fight for the web’s future.

Given how much the web has changed in the past 30 years, it would be defeatist and unimaginative to assume that the web as we know it can’t be changed for the better in the next 30. If we give up on building a better web now, then the web will not have failed us. We will have failed the web.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee


Thank you for getting involved as the web turned 30. From sharing your stories about what the web means to you, to contributing to our timeline of the web’s history, to signing the Contract for the Web and joining our events online, your participation allowed us to celebrate in style.

So thirty years on, what’s next for the web? That’s up to you.

Safeguard the future of the web as a positive force for the world by supporting the Contract for the Web. Everyone has a role to play to ensure the web serves humanity, and the contract will outline the responsibilities that governments, companies, and citizens each have to protect the web.

Together, we can build a better web.


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