Skip to Content

Happy 25th Birthday, World Wide Web!

HTTP and WWW imageThe World Wide Web celebrates its 25th anniversary today. In March 1989, software engineer Tim Berners-Lee began work on proposal he would soon submit to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) for “a large hypertext database with typed links“. He saw a growing need for physicists from around the world to share data and results from their experiments, but without the requirement of using a common computing platform or software. Berners-Lee would soon create the first web editor and browser, and the first web page was posted online by the end of 1990. Most importantly, web technology was made free for anyone to use.

Today, Berners-Lee is concerned about moves by telecommunications companies that could damage the open nature of the Internet, and is marking its 25th anniversary by advocating to keep the web free and open for everyone.