Yesterday, August 23, was Internaut day, a day of celebrating 25 years of public access to the World Wide Web. D3, in honor of the event, provides a succinct summary of how the Internet came to be and is worth the read. From the article:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea for the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989 whilst he was working at CERN. The idea was originally developed to satisfy the need of communication between scientists in universities across the globe. On the 23rd of August 1991, Berners-Lee opened up the Internet to be the amazing medium on which you are reading this article, making the Internet freely available to the public. Berners-Lee is now dedicated to enhancing and protecting the Web’s future. Thanks for bring us Internaut day, Sir Tim. Sir Tim first proposed names for the idea that he had developed such as “Information Mesh”, “The Information Mine” and “Mine of Information”. Not quite as catchy as what we know and love today. Could you imagine saying to someone; “Look it up on the Information Mesh!”? Nope, me neither.