Internaut day (as it is being called) marks the 25th anniversary of Sir Tim Berners-Lee launching the first public website. On 23rd August 1991, the world’s first website went live to the public. The site, created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was a basic text page with hyperlinked words that connected to other pages. Sir Tim wanted the World Wide Web to be a place where people could share information across the world through documents and links navigated with a simple search function.
After graduating from Oxford University, Sir Tim Berners-Lee became a software engineer at CERN in Switzerland, where he also wrote the first Web page editor/browser (“WorldWideWeb.app”) and the first Web server (“httpd“). By the end of 1990, the first Web page was served on the open Internet, and in 1991, people outside of CERN were invited to join this new Web community.
While Internet and World Wide Web are two different things, they are often referred in conjunction with each other. Internet often refers to the network where it connects millions of computers together globally, whereas the World Wide Web is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on top of the Internet.
In 2009, Sir Tim established the World Wide Web Foundation. The Web Foundation is advancing the Open Web as a means to build a just and thriving society by connecting everyone, raising voices and enhancing participation.