The silver jubilee of the world’s first website is here. Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web celebrated its 25th year yesterday. It went online with Berners on this very day and has not looked back since. The inaugural page wasn’t truly public when it went live at CERN on December 20th, 1990. It wasn’t much more than an explanation of how the hypertext-based project worked.
This plain page laid the groundwork for much of the internet as we see it now. Some people still think the web is the internet. Now that 25 years have passed and the website is still running, where is the creator now? – that is the big question. Berners-Lee is still as tightly involved with the web as he ever was, directing the World Wide Web Consortium he helped create. As there are many problems regarding government censorship and telecom’s attempt to crush net neutrality, he is trying hard to protect the open web against both.
The website is more of a platform than a bunch of documents. It is now available on everything from the phone in your pocket to a display on your head. It’s a vital, dynamic tool for sharing information around the globe. WhileCERN is still connected in networking research, it is more often known for smashing particles.