Internaut Day is being celebrated around the world to mark the invention of the World Wide Web. An “internaut” is a person who possesses a thorough knowledge of how to use the Internet and its history. August 23 marks the day when the World Wide Web was opened to the public back in the year 1991 for the first time by WWW inventor Tim Berners Lee as he allowed its access, CERN announced that the internet would be free to everyone and there would be no fee for its use.
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History of the World Wide Web:
- Lee, an English computer scientist invented the World Wide Web in 1989, while working at the CERN. He had initially proposed an information management system on the 12th of March in the year 1989 and thereafter was able to implement the first successful world wide web communication through the Internet around November in the same year.
- He also devised and implemented the first Web browser and the Web server and helped foster the Web’s subsequent rapid development.
- In 1990, with Robert Cailliau, a British scientist prepared a ‘hypertext project’ which was called ‘WorldWideWeb.’
- In 1991, Tim published a short summary of WWW and the internet was made accessible to the public. The British genius was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work in the year 2004. He is a Professorial Fellow of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).