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August 23, 1991: The World Wide Web Becomes Public

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Today in 1991, the World Wide Web was released publicly. It would go on to become a central aspect of the development of the Information Age. The World Wide Web was originally invented in 1989 by English engineer Tim Berners-Lee while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Of his invention, Berners-Lee remarked, “Most of the technology involved in the web, like the hypertext, like the internet, multifont text objects, had all been designed already. I just had to put them together. It was a step of generalising, going to a higher level of abstraction, thinking about all the documentation systems out there as being possibly part of a larger imaginary documentation system.” We should all think that big.