Tuesday, 30 April 2013

20th Anniversary of the World Wide Web

Today marks the day the World Wide Web entered the public domain. Just 20 years and look all that it has achieved.  April 30th 1993 was the day CERN announced that the World Wide Web would be free to anyone.

Yep that’s right, CERN. The same research group that is currently smashing protons together with the LHD (Large Hadron Collider) to uncover the greatest mysteries of the universe also made www technologies available to world with British inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Before the internet, we use to send letters in the mail hoping they would reach their destination within a reasonable amount of time.

The Internet Map (the top 350,000 sites on the internet by similarity and popularity)

This important date marks the beginning to a life of convenience, social networking and access to an endless amount of information. The World Wide Web has changed the world in more ways than we could even imagine. Here are some stats on how much the Internet has made an impact on us:

  • There are currently 2,405,518,376 internet users in the world and rapidly rising
  • The number of users in 2012 grew by more than 550% since 2000
  • Hacktavisim was born and through social media it influenced many world events such as:
    • The Arab Spring
    • The overthrow of Tunisia
    • The overthrow of Egypt
    • The recent end to the CISSPA act in USA
    • The 99% movement around the world
  • There are over 1.2 billion people on social media sites
  • Every month, there are around 800 million unique visitors to YouTube which is equivalent to 140 views per person on earth
  • 72 hours of footage is uploaded to YouTube every month
  • There are 40 million photos uploaded to Instagram every day

To find more interesting stats on the internet, check out the ‘How the Internet Has Changed the World’ infographic.

To celebrate this important date for the World Wide Web, the CERN team started up a project to revive the very first website to its original URL, a 1992 copy of the spartan web page — describing what the web was and how it could be. Alongside the website restoration, CERN aims to dig up and preserve all digital assets associated with the inception of the web, with the ultimate goal being to turn info.CERN.ch into a historical archive for future generations.