World Wide Web Turns 20 Years Old, Where Were You Back Then?

Paul Lilly

Tim Berners-Lee helped change the world more than two decades ago.

If you plan on going out to eat today, save room for dessert and order a slice a cake in honor of the web's 20th birthday. That's right, it's been two whole decades already, though the wheels were set in motion several years before in 1989 when Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist working at CERN, first proposed an information management system that would later become the World Wide Web. These days he serves as the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

"There is no sector of society that has not been transformed by the invention, in a physics laboratory, of the web," Rolf Heuer, CERN Director-General, said in a statement . "From research to business and education, the web has been reshaping the way we communicate, work, innovate and live. The web is a powerful example of the way that basic research benefits humankind."

The first website ever was dedicated to the World Wide Web project itself and hosted on Berners Lee's NeXT computer. It described the basic features of the web, including how to access documents and set up a server. Unfortunately, that website is no longer at its original address, though CERN is starting a project to restore the webpage and preserve the digital assets associated with the birth of the web, the orginization said.

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Image Credit: CERN

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