World Wide Web Celebrates 25 Years

Today marks a quarter of a century since the World Wide Web was first proposed in 1989 by British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Sir Tim originally developed the web to meet the demand for information sharing between physicists, and went on to develop an invention that has revolutionised the lives of billions.

By late 1993, there were more than 500 unknown web servers. The World Wide Web accounted for 1% of internet traffic. Two decades on, there are an estimated 630 million websites online.

Last year, Sir Tim was awarded the inaugural £1million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering along with fellow internet pioneers Robert Kahn, Vint Cerf, Marc Andreessen and Louis Pouzin.

Speaking in November, Sir Tim Berners-Lee said: ''One of the most encouraging findings of this year's Web Index is how the web and social media are increasingly spurring people to organise, take action and try to expose wrongdoing in every region of the world.

''But some governments are threatened by this, and a growing tide of surveillance and censorship now threatens the future of democracy.

''Bold steps are needed now to protect our fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of opinion and association online.''

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