20th anniversary of open World Wide Web

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Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. (AP Photo)

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web. (AP Photo)

Twenty years ago, on April 30, 1993, CERN set the World Wide Web free.

(CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and is an international organization whose purpose is to operate the world’s largest particle physics laboratory.)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, the research institute relaunched the first webpage, http://info.cern.ch, which initially experienced connectivity issues due to high demand.

British physicist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web at CERN in 1989 to develop a distributed information system for CERN physicists and engineers. He saw the working structure of CERN as a “web” whose interconnections evolve with time.

The site contains his original proposal among other reams of documentation.

Today there are an estimated 630 million websites online.



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