Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The WWW has turned 30, and I hadn't realized its existence until 1993

The World Wide Web turns 30 on March 12, and Timothy Berners-Lee reflects on how to fix it in an article in Fortune by Kevin Kelleher.

The misuse by governments and by shallow individuals looking for clickbait has become regrettable.

I first heard of the World Wide Web in early 1993, on an evening news show, sitting in an apartment, with an IBM PS-3 on my desk. I didn’t get email until Aug. 1994, when content came from AOL and Prodigy.

It wasn’t practical for most users to have their own web sites until 1996, after Section 230 passed.

But a few techies had started using it for chat as early as 1989.

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