The more advanced the web becomes, the wider the gap extends between those who have access and those who do not. For those online, the web is more than a means of global communication. It is also a library, a shop, a business platform, a means of entertainment, a bank, a school and other continuously expanding services.
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web. The technology was created in 1989 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who now advocates for net neutrality and digital equality. His goal is to achieve a safe and open internet, accessible to all people. Today, half the world is online. The time is right to consider how to extend the web to the remaining fifty percent of the global population.
Digital equality is the responsibility of governments, business and individuals. Governments must create enabling regulations and take action to create a free and open web. Business, particularly within the technology and telecommunications industries, should focus on creating sustainable and accessible ways to access the web, with security and privacy in mind. Above all, individuals need to act as responsible online citizens, whilst holding governments and companies accountable for their promises.
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