Today in World History: August 6th

Tim Berners-Lee, a worker at CERN, or the European Organization for Nuclear Research, released files detailing his ideas for the world wide web on this day in 1991. Originally designed as a system to share files between the computers at CERN, Berners-Lee saw the potential in his project and sought to develop it further, to create a way to share information between people across the world. He developed his project for over a year before releasing the project to the public, revolutionizing the way we share information and see the world. Governments from around the world became invested in the project, and eventually, in 1991, the world gained access to the open-source project, beginning to create websites to share information with other people across the world. Berners-Lee was knighted in 2004 for his services to the development of the internet, highlighting how important his invention was to the development of the modern world and the services it has provided to us.

The internet, however, is not without faults, as the tool that can be used to spread goodness can also be used to spread malicious ideas and threats, leading to governments taking control over new issues such as cyber-bullying. Along with this new method of sharing information came a new way for governments to gather information about their citizens, leading to controversial programs like the ones at the NSA.


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