Have you ever tried to find the end of the Internet?

Have you ever tried to find the end of the Internet?
  • Have you ever tried to find the end of the Internet?

We've tried and can't find it either, but we know how it started!

Do you know why W3 is actually “WWW”? What does it stand for? What was the original purpose for it? Not too long ago, on August 6th, the first WWW celebrated its 25th Anniversary.

On that day, the first website came to life in the laboratory of Sir Tim Berners-Lee – the founder of WWW - an abbreviation for World Wide Web.

The first website address was, and still is http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, and it provided details about the actual project. It is still operational to this day and you’re welcome to check it out.

As it states on the website: “The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents” and describes how anyone can also develop a website. In its content, you can find the idea behind the creation - "The project started with the philosophy that much academic information should be freely available to anyone."

It was also Berners-Lee, who used Hyper Text Markup Language to develop the first website, and who noted in his Hyper Text Transfer Protocol (HTTP) how information and data should transfer within computer systems.

Tim first suggested this idea in 1989 when he was a computer programmer at European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Berners-Lee concept was to contrive a platform for common use where anybody will have an access to the information by means of “universal linked information system” – where an array of data (websites) is connected to each other and provides access to anything people are looking for.

 

Steve Jobs Also Was no Stranger to The Project

The first website was developed on NeXT computer, produced by Steve Jobs’ company, which he established after the fiasco with Apple in 1985.

About 2 years ago, while giving an interview at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Berners-Lee was recalling the events of that time: "We bought a cool machine, the NeXT computer... NeXT was a machine made by Steve Jobs when he was kicked out of Apple [in 1985]... it had a wonderful spirit to it, a really good developer's environment."   

"When you opened it, you got a pre-recorded message from Steve that said, 'Welcome to the NeXT. This is not about personal computing. It's about 'inter-personal' computing.' It was perfect for designing the web."

During that time, Berners-Lee had a sticker on the computer with warning:

"This machine is a Server. DO NOT POWER DOWN."

Should Internet be Recreated Again?

The original idea of Berners-Lee was to establish W3 platform for distributing and finding information among scientific fields.

Over time, Internet has evolved into a mighty platform for pretty much everything! From information to interaction, to business and trade – it is hard to find an aspect in our daily lives that is not connected in one way or another to the Internet…and some of the after-effects arise deep concerns in its creator’s mind.

Today Berners-Lee is 61 and feels uneasy about some of the consequences of his creation. His biggest worry is that Internet is now the “world’s largest surveillance network”.

In the interview to New York Times, Berners-Lee points that now Internet "controls what people see, creates mechanisms for how people interact."
"It is been great, but spying, blocking sites, repurposing people's content, taking you to the wrong websites that completely undermines the spirit of helping people create."

Such thoughts propel the founder of the Internet to elaborate on what should be the next evolution cycle for the World Wide Web.

Since the model of Internet today is built on central servers and IP addresses that can be effortlessly traced and cut off, Berners-Lee suggests decentralizing it. He says - "The web is already decentralized. The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for microblogging. We do not have a technology problem; we have a social problem."

The simplicity of the concept is to exclude the mediator altogether from every aspect of the Internet. However, there is no unanimity of opinions on decentralization idea. Many doubt if the Web requires it.

Source: Thehackernews.com

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