Happy Birthday World Wide Web - Now Let's Save it! #web25
By Hannah Eisenberg - March 12, 2014
One person can change the world forever. Sir Tim Berners-Lee has. Today we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. It is amazing to put into perspective: 25 years! The internet and the WWW has made such a significant impact on the world's social and economic development.
The World Wide Web (also known as WWW or W3 or the web) is a system of interlinked hypertext documents. They can contain text, images, and other multi media and are viewed with help of a web browser that access them over the Internet. Users can navigate them via hyperlinks. It all started with a proposal to information management to CERN by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Since the mid 1990's when the internet really started to get mainstream following and it has radically transformed how we live our lives today. Today, almost 40% of the world's population has access to the world wide web (ITU).I can't imagine day to day life without checking emails, looking up any fact I want or streaming music for free with limited commercial interruption.
From financial markets to healthcare, it is hard to imagine going several hours let alone a full day without access to the internet. I am not even going to attempt to list the countless benefits we have today because of the freedom of information we have access to.
And I do not have to... because you know how important it is.
On the 25th birthday of the web, I ask you to join in—to help us imagine and build the future standards for the web, and to press for every country to develop a digital bill of rights to advance a free and open web for everyone. Learn more and speak up for the sort of web we really want with #web25.
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