It’s difficult to imagine life without the Web, even though a large majority of Americans spent part or most of their lives without it. But it was only 25 years ago this week that British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee published the proposal that is widely considered to be the birth of the World Wide Web.
When Berners-Lee published “Information Management: A Proposal” at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, he set out to achieve a practical goal: to make the troves of information at the institute, known as CERN, more accessible to the scientists there by using hypertext to share information. Instead, he touched off a revolution.
Today, more than 2.7 billion people around the world acess the Web. Here is a look back at the Word Wide Web’s meteoric rise since 1989.