And, by extension, virtually everything else on the planet!
Today is the day. Twenty-four years ago, on April 30, 1993, CERN put the World Wide Web in the public domain. They gave the world the Internet, or at least the seeds that would become the Internet that we know today! Just gave it away! It is hard to imagine what our world would be like without the World Wide Web – simpler maybe, but probably not better (after all, you wouldn’t be reading this blog for starters… and that’s just a sad thought).
So, the next time you are surfing the web, researching what breed of dog is best suited for your lifestyle, finding a recipe for zucchini enchiladas or checking your library’s catalog to see if that book you have been waiting for is available, take a moment to realize how different life would be without the web and be grateful that CERN decided to share with the rest of us. Maybe high-five a Swiss scientist if you have one handy. Hugs are probably okay too, but you might want to ask first.
Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in 1994. An early version of World Wide Web software is running on the screen behind him (Image: CERN)