On March 12, 1989 (25 years ago), Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper proposing an “information management” system that became the conceptual and architectural structure for the Web. He eventually released the code for his system—for free—to the world on Christmas Day in 1990. It became a milestone in easing the way for ordinary people to access documents and interact over a network of computer networks called the internet—a system that had been around for years.
Throughout 2014, Pew Research Center will mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web with a series of reports and other activities related to the current state of online life and the potential future of the internet. Sir Tim Berners-Lee has issued a statement about this research. Read here.