The Birth of the World Wide Web

‘The Web is more a social creation than a technical one. I designed it for a social effect–to help people work together–and not as a technical toy. The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world.’ –Tim Berners-Lee (1999)

In March 1989, Tim Berners-Lee made history with his original proposal for the World Wide Web – what he described as being an ‘information management system’. Submitting it to his boss, Mike Sendall, the proposal was met with interest, however, never became an official CERN project. Sendall did, however, permit Berners-Lee to work on it from September the following year, and within a month, Berners-Lee had developed ‘three fundamental technologies that remain the foundation of today’s Web‘: Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Uniform Resource Identifier (URI), and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP).

By the end of 1991, people outside of CERN had been invited to join this new web community, following the launch of the first web page on the open internet in the previous year. Describing the birth of the World Wide Web, Berners-Lee explained: ‘The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone. It aims to allow information sharing within internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by support groups.’

View the world’s first website here.

Since its launch three decades ago, the Web has expanded exponentially, revolutionising our world and developing in ways no one at the time would have anticipated. To date, almost 4.57 billion users are active on the Web, encompassing 59% of the global population. Discussing the original proposal and development of the World Wide Web in his 2009 TED Talk, Berners-Lee also announced his second Web project, one devoted to open, linked data.

7 thoughts on “The Birth of the World Wide Web

  1. Hey,
    The way you approached this weeks topic is really interesting. its super informative and the way you are able to engage with the material is really cool! The inclusion of the quote is a nice touch! I really enjoyed reading this post, for my blog post this week i took a really different approach to the content-exploring the distributed network topology.

    also im loving your overall blog theme/ aesthetic! X

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  2. Loved this blog post, it’s super detailed and interesting. Berner-Lees view that academic information should be freely available seems realistic now, but back then it seemed like such a far-reaching statement. In my blog I mention Doug Engelbart who provided a vision against systems such as centralised government data, instead he presented a new personal computer system. This is interesting because we both mention people who provided visions that at the time were shocking and hard to believe, yet this sort of free-flowing information from our devices is now the norm. This is really well written, good stuff!

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  3. Taylor this is super informative! I love how much effort you’ve put into structuring helpful and insightful information especially the worlds first website and other helpful links. It would be interesting to think out how “The ultimate goal of the Web is to support and improve our weblike existence in the world” would be played out in a practical sense and I think maybe this article could speak into that: Overall though such an engaging read!

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