Congratulations – Web Turns 25

Could you imagine your life without the internet? We certainly cannot and would therefore like to take this opportunity to congratulate the web on its 25th anniversary. It was back in 1989, when Tim Berners-Lee filed a proposal that would lead to the greatest technological invention of the past century. Today, the internet is a global platform for communication, trade, culture and democracy. Its key principals, such as its universal design and its decentralized structure, have helped the internet to become the most powerful tool of modern day society.

And yet, the web is facing important questions:

  • How can we make the internet accessible to everyone even in developing regions?
  • How can we maintain network neutrality while processing data?
  • How can the internet help to enforce human rights and gender equality?
  • How can we use big data smartly and protect personal data at the very same time?
  • How can we use internet technologies to secure sustainable and long-term growth?

In order to tackle these questions the World Wide Web Consortium plans to hold various events discussing the future of the web. In the W3C, business leaders, technology experts and thought leaders have come together in order to develop global standards and innovation strategies.

Supporting the idea of a free and democratic internet, has decided to support Wikimedia Germany as a passive member. Stefan, one of’s senior managers, describes the importance of the internet’s 25th anniversary: “Within 25 years, the web has transformed almost every aspect of modern life. We must be grateful to Sir Tim Berners-Lee – he is showing such great commitment making sure the web stays neutral, progressive and humane.”

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