The Story of the Internet

By Victoria/Edited by the ‘Newspaper in a Day team.

Can you imagine life without the internet? Neither can I!

bbcAs we are so reliant on modern technology, I have been researching how the internet came into being.

The internet started as we know it today in 1990 by a man called Tim Berners-Lee. Tim Berners-Lee is a scientist and academic who also is an Oxford University graduate. Tim was working at CERN (large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland) when he noticed that they were having difficulties sharing information because they had to log on to different computers to get at the information they wanted. Sometimes they had to learn a different program on each computer!

Tim Berners-Lee saw that they could share information by exploiting new technology called Hypertext.

Tim went on to write the three fundamental technologies: HTML: Hypertext Mark-up Language. He wrote the first webpage editor/browser (“WorldWideWeb.app”) and the first Web server (“http“) by the end of 1990. The First web page was due to be served on the open internet , and soon people outside of CERN were invited to join.

Unlike many companies, Berners-Lee has realised the potential of a free internet and he wants to make the underlying code available on a royalty-free basis, forever.  He has said:“Sites need to be able to interact in one single, universal space.” This is it: the internet!

To my generation, he is like modern genius.