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Celebrating the 25Th Anniversary of the World Wide Web

Today the full original name of the World Wide Web is being seen everywhere as people all around the world join together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the proposal that Tim Berners-Lee submitted at CERN that led to the creation of the “Web” we have today. While many of our articles here on CircleID focus more on the underlying Internet infrastructure that makes the Web possible, it’s good to take a moment to reflect on—and celebrate—the amazing evolution of the Web from those very early days!

Much of this 25th anniversary activity has focused around the “Web at 25” site developed by the W3C and World Wide Web Foundation.

There you can find greetings from many individuals and information about this anniversary. All day there have been articles appearing throughout the media and social networks have been extremely busy with updates using the “#web25” hashtag. Some of the activity can be found at:

Tim Berners-Lee also participated in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) where among his many responses was this priceless answer.
There are hundreds of blog posts and other content appearing out there on this theme today. Several from my own organization include:

Additionally, the IETF blog had a post with video greetings from the IETF and IAB chairs and I also recorded an audio podcast with personal reflections on my own experience with the Web and how it has affected my life.

A common thread through all the info at WebAt25.org and so many of the blog posts is that the Web is an amazing service that was developed through the use of open standards, creativity and collaboration. Also that we need to ensure that the open nature of the Web and the entire Internet continues to exist in the future!

Happy Anniversary, World Wide Web!

By Dan York, Author and Speaker on Internet technologies - and on staff of Internet Society

Dan is the Director, Online Content, for the Internet Society but opinions posted on CircleID are his own. View more of Dan’s writing and audio here.

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Great article by Scott Bradner Dan York  –  Mar 13, 2014 12:04 PM

Also definitely worth reading is the Harvard Gazette’s interview with Scott Bradner where he talks about the origins of the Internet, the value the Web brought to the Internet and his views on future challenges and opportunities for the Internet.

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