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Evolution of WWW: Google Doodle celebrates 30 years of World Wide Web

In 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, submitted the 'Information Management: A Proposal' to his boss while working at Europe's CERN Lab, a large nuclear physics laboratory in Switzerland. This proposal is what later came out as the first web browser, the World Wide Web.

Mar 12, 2019 11:24 IST
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Google Doodle on March 12, 2019 celebrated 30 years of the World Wide Web (WWW), an invention of Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The doodle showed the Earth revolving inside a computer connected to a switch on its letters.

The doodle is in the form of animation showing block graphics that were common earlier, depicting how things were like earlier. A globe in the center rotates slowly on the desktop monitor, hinting at the early days of slower speed.

Evolution of World Wide Web

In 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, submitted the 'Information Management: A Proposal' to his boss while working at Europe's CERN Lab, a large nuclear physics laboratory in Switzerland.

This proposal is what came out as the first web browser, the World Wide Web.

Berners-Lee’s boss allowed him time to develop the flowchart into a working model, writing the HTML language, the HTTP application, and the first Web browser ‘WorldWideWeb.app’.

By 1991, the external Web servers were up in the market. The web was made public in April 1993 and the first search engine ‘Mosaic’ was launched in November 1993 to accept pictures.

Mosaic was later replaced by the likes of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

The World Wide Web opened up the internet to everyone, connecting the world by way of sharing of information.

And now there are social networking sites, blogs, video sharing, and what not.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s Open Letter to public

Marking the 30th anniversary of WWW, inventor Tim Berners-Lee appealed internet users to strive to maintain "complete control" of their data.

He hailed the opportunities the web had created for the marginalised groups to voice their opinions and at the same time he warned that the web has created opportunity for scammers, criminals and haters to spread hatred and make all kinds of crimes easier to commit.

He slammed the increasing commodification of personal data.

World Wide Web and Internet

The World Wide Web is generally confused with the internet, although the two are connected somehow.

The internet is the ‘Network of Networks’; it is a vast and global network that incorporates a multitude of networks. It connects millions of computers together globally, forming a network in which any computer can communicate with other computer as long as they are both connected to the Internet.

In contrast, the World Wide Web is a communications model built upon innovations like HTML language, URL addresses and HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol). The WWW is an application that enables the exchange of information over the internet.

About Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee is an English computer scientist.

He is best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.

In November 1989, he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet.

He is the holder of the founders chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

In 2004, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work.

He has also been named in Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Important People of the 20th century.

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