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World Wide Web 'WWW' is 25 years today

Saturday, August 6, 2016

It's changed the lives of millions of people around the world and inspired generations, and today, the internet celebrates 25 years as a publicly available service.

On August 6, 1991, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee publicly launched a server to meet the demand for information-sharing between physicists in universities and institutions around the world.
Credit: Reuters
He initially proposed the idea while working at a Swiss physics laboratory in 1989.

Other information retrieval systems were available at the time, such as WAIS and Gopher, but the simplicity and the fact Berners-Lee made it royalty-free in 1993, led to its rapid development and adoption.

There were more than 500 web servers in late 1993, and the world wide web accounted for just 1% of internet traffic.

However there is an estimated 650 million websites online today, and according to latest government statistics released in May, 87.9% of UK adults (45.9 million people) used the internet in the past three months.

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