W3 Is Twenty
Very amazing what has happened in twenty years. I can remember when my middle school was hooked to Campbell University, thus giving it access to the internet. It was very awesome at the time for the rural middle school in the middle of nowhere to get hooked to the internet via high-speed internet speeds.
On August 6, 1991–20 years ago–Tim Berners-Lee posted a summary of a project for organizing information on a computer network using a “web” of hyperlinks: the “WorldWideWeb,” or W3. At the same time, the W3 made its debut as a publicly available service on the Internet. Now, as the Web turns 20, those of us here at CNET and sister site CBS News.com are giving it a big thank you for revolutionizing the world as we know it.
There have been some definite downsides to the Web, such as online predation and a reduction in privacy, but the good has far outweighed the bad. Web companies have created millions of jobs across the globe, opened people up to different cultures and ideas, and created a level of transparency in politics that’s never quite been achieved before.