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Twenty years ago today, 30 April 1993,  Tim Berners-Lee went live with the first web site at CERN. At the same time, he released the code that ran the Web, the first versions of the HTTP protocol and HTML, free forever for the world to use to create a new communications medium.

Two decades on, the world is a different place because of his foresight and generosity. Now, without the Web, huge multi-national companies simply wouldn’t exist. When Web access is lost, through error or malfeasance, companies that have transitioned most or all of their activities to the Web stand to lose millions of dollars during the interruption.

To see the original web site, as it has been recreated with the original URL, click World Wide Web. Take a moment to see how far the Web has come. While simple and plain, it points out the underlying truth that the Web is about information, not glitz.

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