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Why the Web Needs to Work Better for Women and Girls

May 20, 2020
Photo by CoWomen on Unsplash

Much to his dismay, Tim Berners-Lee does not see his creation doing enough to help address gender inequality.

Part of the Internet Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, Berners-Lee is the founder of the World Wide Web and wrote the first web client and server.

In honor of the 31st anniversary of the web’s launch, Berners-Lee posted an open letter on his foundation’s website and CNN. In it, he lamented that the Internet is still disproportionately made available to men while simultaneously exacerbating violence against women and girls. 

"This should concern us all. Women's rights are human rights and are fundamental to a healthy society, from reducing poverty and disease to improving education and economic growth," he wrote in his letter. "And so it's up to all of us to make the web work for everyone."