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25 Years of the Web #web25


March 12th 1989 was a date which many didn’t think highly of until the true power of what was born out of an idea by one man. A visionary who transformed the way we communicate and engulf information at rapid pace without breaking a sweat. WWW or World Wide Web was born out of a need by a man who just wanted to organise documents within his organisation.  With proposal titled “Information Management: A Proposal” Tim Berners-Lee circulated for comments at CERN. It was not until October 1990 that he starts work on a hypertext GUI browser+editor using the NeXTStep development environment. He makes up “WorldWideWeb” as a name for the program and project. The rest as we know is history.

Is this all we need? Are we satisfied with the WWW as it is now? Are all able to enjoy it?

The Web’s billions of users are what have made it great. I believe we can build a Web that truly is for everyone: one that is accessible to all, from any device, and one that empowers all of us to achieve our dignity, rights and potential as humans. – Tim Berners-Lee

President Mahinda Rajapaksa also highlighted the importance of this day as 25 years of WWW is celebrated world wide.

Sri Lanka has fully accepted the advances of the Internet, and is dedicated to ensuring its widest reach in the country to benefit all sections of society…  – Mahinda Rajapaksa

He also added

My government is aware of the need to speedily reduce and eliminate the digital divide in the country enabling the full benefits of the Internet and its incomparable access to knowledge available to all our people.

We also encourage access to social media as a source of rapid information, valuable social awareness, and participatory democracy. – Mahinda Rajapaksa

The success of the Web can be traced to its original design as a decentralised system and an open architecture anyone could help to build. Let’s hope it stays that way without interference from governments or any vested organisations with need to control terms. To 25 years and more for the WWW then, our jobs depend on it! :p

Feature image courtesy – http://www.webat25.org/



W.G.T. Fernando is an author of over 15 ICT books and Founder/CEO at GTS. Gihan is a former lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He began his education at Thurstan College before going to Wycherley International School. He graduated with Honors in Computer Science at University of Liverpool in the UK and MSc in Advanced Software Engineering at Kings College, University of London.


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