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Happy 25th Birthday World Wide Web! Sir Tim Berners-Lee: "On the 25th Anniversary of the Web, Let’s Keep It Free and Open."

By GoogleBlog :

On the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, we’re pleased to share this guest post from Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web. In this post he reflects on the past, present and future of the web—and encourages the rest of us to fight to keep it free and open.

-Ed.

Today is the web’s 25th birthday. On March 12, 1989, I distributed a proposal to improve information flows: “a ‘web’ of notes with links between them.”

Though CERN, as a physics lab, couldn’t justify such a general software project, my boss Mike Sendall allowed me to work on it on the side. In 1990, I wrote the first browser and editor. In 1993, after much urging, CERN declared that WWW technology would be available to all, without paying royalties, forever.

The first web server, used by Tim Berners-Lee. Photo via Wikipedia:

The first web server, used by Tim Berners-Lee (Photo via Wikipedia)

This decision enabled tens of thousands to start working together to build the web. Now, about 40 percent of us are connected and creating online. The web has generated trillions of dollars of economic value, transformed education and healthcare and activated many new movements for democracy around the world. And we’re just getting started.

How has this happened? By design, the underlying Internet and the WWW are non-hierarchical, decentralized and radically open. The web can be made to work with any type of information, on any device, with any software, in any language. You can link to any piece of information. You don’t need to ask for permission. What you create is limited only by your imagination. [...]

Read on :

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/on-25th-anniversary-o...

Information Management: A Proposal

Tim Berners-Lee, CERN - March 1989, May 1990

http://www.w3.org/History/1989/proposal.html



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Cyril's picture

Tim BL:"...then the whistleblower may be all that saves society"

TimBL on Reddit:

More serious topics were also up for discussion, and although Berners-Lee wouldn’t give a definite answer when asked whether he thought ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden was a “hero or villain” he did say that he thought Snowden “should be protected” and that “we should have ways of protecting people like him.”

“We can try to design perfect systems of government, and they will never be perfect, and when they fail, then the whistleblower may be all that saves society,”

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/tim...

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Happy Birthday World Wide Web!

Love you!

He's the man.

Got my very first 'smart phone' today...

very first thing I saw on it - happy 25th, internet!

Way to rub it in, google...

Defeat the panda-industrial complex

I am dusk icon. anagram me.

jrd3820's picture

ha, I still have a dumb phone

It takes me forever to text with it. I love it though.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Michael Nystrom's picture

Dumb phone

That is hilarious.

He's the man.
Michael Nystrom's picture

Welcome to the 21st Century

Panda boy.

:)

He's the man.
Cyril's picture

LOL. Google is full of geeks, ya know...

LOL. Google is full of geeks, ya know...

(unlike this end...)

... I take it that not all of them employees, there, are evil... yet! ;)

h/k

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Cyril's picture

:-)

:-)

'Love you "TimBL" ! ;)

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Thank You Al Gore!

)

Cyril's picture

^^^Al Gore: a perfect representative of his generation of FRAUDS

^^^Al Gore: a perfect representative of his generation of (political) FRAUDS.

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Cyril's picture

LOL. Right !

LOL. Right !

So, he probably did even before entering Harvard College in 1965?

Nice try, Al:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet#History

Hint, hint for Al: the Internet isn't the WWW, that he didn't see coming either.

But, that's okay, I can understand he was already too busy in the late 1980s preparing this long lasting human-induced climate change SCAM !

Was he not?

P.S.

The WP page linked above is in dire need to be edited, folks. No mention of Al Gore so far!

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deacon's picture

Happy birthday

It seems pretty foolish for algore to change his name,then post what the new one is. ;)
D

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

jrd3820's picture

Oh, thats interesting.

Happy Birthday to the World Wide Webs then I suppose.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Cyril's picture

Time does fly. :)

Time does fly. :)

I discovered the ongoing works on the WWW only (or already?) 4 years after its inception, in spring 1993.

I was in such awe of the idea, that although I tried, I could find no one to share my expectations (and excitement) about it, at the time. Words would just fail me.

Memories.

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Bump

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allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

Cyril's picture

Thanks :)

Thanks :)

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