The revolutionary creation we call the internet, which connects billions of people around the world, just turned 25.
Not only did the internet change the lives of millions of people, it also created the opportunity for new industries, millions of jobs, and changed the way we live forever.
Back in the early 90’s, when you needed to call a friend, you would have to find their home phone number, dial it in, and hope that they were home to receive your call. Today however, communication is a whole lot easier. Anyone with an internet connection can connect instantaneously with billions around the world, and the transfer of data is no longer limited to voice or fax. You can now communicate through video calls, read and watch live news, as well as pinpoint any location on earth using your smartphone or computer, and it is all thanks to the internet.
The year was 1989 when British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea of a world wide shared network. He started writing the first web browser, the WorldWideWeb, and by Christmas 1990, he had built all the groundwork for a functioning internet as we know it today. He is the father of the HyperText Transfer Protocol, otherwise known as HTTP, the HyperText Markup Language, or HTML, the first Web browser, the first HTTP server software, as well as the first web server and web page.
According to a report from the International Telecommunication Union in 2015, more than 3.2 billion people worldwide use the internet regularly.
Sir Tim’s initial mission was to create a network system that could be useful when sending and receiving academic data, but the internet instead became the birthplace of all data.