Berners-Lee, who has previously rallied for improvements to

  most important causes of our time.” He added: “You can’t just blame one government, one social network or the hu

man spirit….To get this right, we will need to come together as a global web community.”

  The computer scientist submitted his first proposal for an “information ma

nagement system” on 12 March 1989 — plans that his boss called “vague but exciting.”

  Thirty years later, around half the world’s population is online — but tech giants that do

minate the internet, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, have been criticized in recent years for fai

ling to stem the spread of misinformation and harassment on their platforms.

  Berners-Lee identified three major “sources of dysfunction” affecting the web: deliberate

malicious intent, system design and unintended negative consequences of benevolent design

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