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World Wide Web Turns 20

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

Linking computers together over a telephone network has been around since the 1960s, but the idea of calling up a web page started much later.  Today marks the 20th anniversary of the day that idea was set free.  It was on April 30, 1993 that the European Organization for Nuclear Research decided to give away-- at no charge-- their system for connecting to other computers and displaying their information on your screen.  In other words they gave away a system for accessing servers on the web and they gave away one of the first web browsers-- royalty free-- for anyone who wanted to use it.  They even had a name for it.  They called it the “World Wide Web.”


Because it was free, the internet took off albeit slowly.  There were 500 servers online the first year.  Now-- 20 years later-- that number is 630 million.


Today the scientists who gave away the internet in 1993 are marking the day by trying to recreate what they had.  They're recreating the first web site and reclaiming the first web site address.   They hope to make http://info.cern.ch a sort of online museum where future generations can learn all about how the World Wide Web began.


By Fred Cantu

World Wide Web Turns 20


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