Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Internet Turns 20

The Internet is now out of its teenage years and on the way to full adulthood. 20 years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper at CERN with the title "Information Management: A proposal."

It was from this over the following year and a bit that he developed and built the protocols we use everyday (I'm sure he probably had help though) - HTTP, HTML, WorldWideWeb (the first web browser), CERN httpd (the first server software), and the first web server (http://info.cern.ch).

All of which we should all be very thankful as it has not only allowed the most unprecedented era of human communication and interconnectivity, but built new industries, jobs, services and seen some fantastic new ideas brought to fruition (I think they're fantastic anyway) that generally make many things in life easier. So what's next ...

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