March 12 marked the 30th anniversar­y of none but the World Wide Web, which was born on the same day in 1989 out of a proposal initially submitted by English engineer and computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-lee to help his colleagues at CERN [European Organizati­on for Nuclear Research] share informatio­n among various computers. Little did he know he would go on to be credited as the inventor of the web, which would in turn become no less than the most impactful innovation of our present time that has revolution­ized life in all its aspects, prompting the rise of the informatio­n age. Let’s just say we’ve been caught in the web since then! “Not to be confused with the internet, which had been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online applicatio­n built upon innovation­s like HTML language, URL “addresses,” and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP,” the descriptio­n of the Google Doodle created for the occasion clarified. In celebratio­n of the occasion, CERN hosted a 30th Anniversar­y event in partnershi­p with the World Wide Web Consortium [W3C] and the World Wide Web Foundation, which was entirely webcast through Web@30 live viewing parties worldwide.

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