Today marks the 20th Anniversary of the World Wide Web

POSTED: 11:22 AM PDT Apr 30, 2013 

Twenty years ago today, CERN (yes, the same CERN that runs the Large Hadron Collider) published the information that made the technology behind the World Wide Web free to use by anyone, anywhere.

The World Wide Web was invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and his push to publish the technology on a royalty-free basis transformed the Internet into what we know it as today: a place where people can freely share everything and anything. It created a networked hypertext system, allowing a web page to be interconnected with every other web page on the World Wide Web. It's most basic concepts are what led to the creation of sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. It fundamentally changed the way our society communicates, and is one of the main drivers behind the increasing globalization of our world.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Wide Web, CERN has republished its very first web page at its original URL

The page is just one part of a project CERN is publishing that looks at many of the original concepts that helped make the Internet what it is today. You can take a look at that project here.