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World Wide Web Turns 20

Former physicist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web as an essential tool for High Energy Physics at CERN from 1989 to 1994. The web turned 20 today.
Former physicist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web as an essential tool for High Energy Physics at CERN from 1989 to 1994. The web turned 20 today.
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Happy birthday WWW!

It’s hard to believe, but the public Internet, the World Wide Web, turned 20 today. On April 30, 1993, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced it was making the World Wide Web technology freely available to the public. The technology spread around the globe like wildfire, and now it’s hard to imagine an aspect of our lives that is not, in some way, influenced by the web.

“There is no sector of society that has not been transformed by the invention, in a physics laboratory, of the web”, said Rolf Heuer, CERN Director-General 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 web was invented by British physicist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1989, and was originally conceived as a method for physicists around the world to share information.

Prior to the web, information was shared over the internet in less user-friendly ways such as WAIS and Gopher. Berners-Lee developed the web software using a NeXT computer, created by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

CERN is marking the anniversary with a project to restore the first website and “preserve the digital assets that are associated with the birth of the web.” To see the first website, click here, and to learn more about the project, click here.

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by: S.BOUNETHONE from: Lao-Japan
May 01, 2013 8:46 AM
I think Internet is the most powerful in our daily life for all and thank you for all people whom concern with the Development of these


by: MJ
April 30, 2013 9:26 PM
He might have invented the "WWW", but the invention of the Internet is more complex tale. See link: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001016.htm


by: Kitagawa Keikoh from: Daikanyama, JPN
April 30, 2013 7:26 PM
20 years !
The Internet and WWW have changed our lifestyle completelty.
We can not live without the Internet. We use the Internet more time than watching TV. When we research something, we use the Internet first. We get information and news only through the Internet.

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