World Wide Web Creators Reboot First Ever Website


World Wide Web Creators Reboot First Ever Website

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 Have you ever thought about where we would
be without the World Wide Web? It’s hard, isn’t it? Well its creators are celebrating
the web’s 20 year anniversary by re-launching the first website ever created.

This not-so-glamorous-looking site is for the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
It was created by CERN. It also operates the world’s largest particle physics lab. The
site was meant to teach people about the World Wide Web project back in 1992.

The web actually dates back to 1989 thanks to CERN physicist Tim Berners-Lee. He created
it to provide a networked system that “allowed CERN physicists to read and publish documents,
and to create links between and within them.” (Via PC Mag)

But that initial vision has clearly changed to what we now think of as the Internet. In
1993, CERN made the World Wide Web technology available to the public for free. (Via BBC)

Yes, the Internet was free for some time after its birth. One of the collaborators
on the project says making the technology free to the rest of the world wasn’t exactly
a no-brainer. 
”What we had was not a patentable, slick
‘App’, …  The arguments were complex, the models untried, and it was not clear what
would happen to [the World Wide Web] in either case.” (Via CERN)

That phrase “not patentable” also may be a thing of the past, as restrictions around
digital rights management — or limits on what people can do with content like music
or movies — continue to rise. 
But while the web may not be the free knowledge
collection Berners-Lee had hoped for, a writer for CNET explains some of CERN’s initial vision
is still showing up on today’s web. 
”The barriers for building Web sites and
services are generally very low. That’s what’s made it possible for countless businesses
to set up shop on the Internet, building a remarkably connected, global network of information.”

”A remarkably connected, global network of information” sounds an awful lot like Berners-Lee’s
initial vision of CERN physicists having access to each others’ work. That being said, his
vision formed long before anyone even thought of things like the Harlem Shake, or those
cat videos.

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