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The World Wide Web

These days, the internet requires no introduction, having transformed the way we work, relax, learn, shop and stay in touch in just 30 years. But it was the World Wide Web, developed by Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau at CERN in 1989, that made it all possible. The Web established the idea of a global database of pages connected via the internet, navigable via a series of interconnected hyperlinks and built using a shared language, HTML. Initially intended to enable information-sharing between academics around the world, it all started with a humble memo sent by Berners-Lee called “Information Management: A Proposal”.

The potential of what the internet is going to do to society, both good and bad, is unimaginable” – David Bowie

4.95 billion people now have access to the World Wide Web

500,000 new users go online for the first time every day

An estimated 50 billion webpages are live at any one time