World Wide Web Day: Google's brain re-wiring to constant-connectivity

For World Wide Web Day we take a look back at how the internet has changed the world.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 but today he is quite unhappy. In an interview with The New York Times, he spoke about how the internet has become the “world’s largest surveillance framework” with the “dominance of one search engine”. Iranian blogger Hossein Derakhshan came out of prison after six years only to find the blogger rock star status he had enjoyed in 2008 had completely gone. This was largely thanks to the rise of social networks like Facebook and Twitter devaluating the hyperlink and centralising information – leaving us at the mercy of surveillance.

Increased powers of surveillance is one thing, but then there is the psychological aspect too. How is the most used search engine in the world, Google, affecting our brains and the way we view the world? And what about how Twitter is influencing presidential elections?

For World Wide Web Day, here is some of our coverage on the topics that have transformed the way we interact with the internet – and even how we view the world.

What is Google doing to your brain?

I’m under surveillance — by my watch

Selfie world: Do smartphones make us vainer?

Facebook’s news censorship: Manipulative algorithms are nothing new

Transparency system means ‘sneaky algorithms’ can’t hide

World White Web: Is racism still rampant on the internet?

Wikipedia’s Aaron Halfaker on anonymous editors and sneaky algorithms

The Wiki Man: Jimmy Wales on Africa, driverless cars and robotic pizza

Meet the veteran CEO who survived the first dotcom bust