"There's only two things to do, one is get the other half (of the world) online as quickly as possible...and the other is for the people who are online...think about other aspects; privacy; think about owning control of your own data".
While, as Berners-Lee notes, no one person, corporation, or government is exclusively at fault for the web's current problems, resistance to what he and many others see as necessary systemic reforms has come from powerful companies and political actors.
But despite the opportunities the World Wide Web has provided, there is growing concern about how it is being misused.
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"Thank goodness it wasn't "Exciting but vague", Berners-Lee said.
"They are all stepping back, suddenly horrified after the Trump and Brexit elections, realizing that this web thing that they thought was that cool is actually not necessarily serving humanity very well", he said.
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"The web has become a public square, a library, a doctor's office, a shop, a school, a design studio, an office, a cinema, a bank, and so much more", Berners-Lee wrote in an open letter.
Berners-Lee told reporters that some political events in recent years also led many people to distrust the web.
The inventor of the World Wide Web knows his revolutionary innovation is coming of age, and doesn't always like what he sees: state-sponsored hacking, online harassment, hate speech and misinformation among the ills of its "digital adolescence".
Under the contract, governments should make sure everyone can connect to the internet, keep it available and respect privacy.
Help could also be provided by the Web Foundation, founded by Sir Tim, which is now working with governments, companies and citizens to build a new Contract for the Web, which looks to establish concrete "norms, laws and standards" for the Web.
Ultimately, his "Contract" proposal is not about "quick fixes", but a process for shifting people's relationship with the online world, he said. "We will have failed the web", he wrote.