“A vague but exciting project”. These were the words of Tim Berners-Lee’s boss (pictured) when he was introduced to the young engineer on March 11, 1989, his project to create the World Wide Web.
The birth of the WWW is now 30 years old and it can be said that it has been one of the inventions that has changed humanity the most in recent years. It is not about the invention of the Internet, which as a global network of computers capable of communicating with one another already existed since the 1960s (when the ARPANET military network was created in the United States), but the World Wide Web meant the way make this network accessible to all users.
“Tim Berners-Lee recalled the user’s need to control their personal information, on the 30th anniversary of the WWW.”
Thanks to the WWW it is not necessary to have computer skills to use this great information network. The invention of Tim Berners-Lee who was then 33 years old and worked for CERN (a nuclear physics laboratory in Switzerland) democratized the information, making it global.
Berners-Lee imagined “a large hypertext database with typed links”, called Malla, to better manage information and his boss, despite the initial reluctance, allowed him to spend time working to develop it.
The engineer shaped the HTML language, the HTTP protocol and created the first web browser. Two years later, his system was working and today there are more than 2 billion web pages online, thanks to the idea of Berners-Lee.
In fact, few innovations in humanity have changed everything in such a short time. Nowadays it would be unthinkable to live without the Web and the possibility of carrying out all kinds of online transactions, communicating in real time, meeting new people, getting informed … through the Internet in such a simple way.
Today, the main challenge that the WWW is facing, 30 years after its creation, is misinformation and privacy problems. It has been Berners-Lee himself in which in an open letter published today, he recalled the need for users to control their personal data.