Clouds loom over the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web

It’s time to return the World Wide Web to its democratic and non-capitalist roots. An excellent post discussing our digital lives and the Web We Want

Stephen Liddell

You might not know it but the modern internet is 25 years old today!  It started life as an idea in a paper written by a young computer scientist named Tim Berners-Lee in a rather obscure laboratory in Europe known as CERN.

At first his idea wasn’t exactly taken on enthusiastically by his colleagues with his manager being non-committal stating it was “vague but exciting”.  Of course the American military had their Arpanet in 1969 but its purpose was entirely the opposite of the proposed World Wide Web.

It was designed to be used my remote servers and computers all over the world, on different operating systems and free to all with no censorship of ideas.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web who gave away his invention for free for the betterment of mankind.

There were already existing online services such as Minitel or Compuserve but they were…

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