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World Wide Web Turns 25

World Wide Web Turns 25

The World Wide Web is celebrating it's 25th birthday this month, and no, it was not Al Gore who invented it.

It was March 1989 when British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee drafted a proposal for what became the World Wide Web.  At the time, he was a programmer at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and Bernes-Lee simply wanted make information easier to find.

Some call it the greatest invention in human history.

“Its changed our lives, the way we do everyday things, the way we work, the way we play, the way we shop and how we get information,” says Brent Shelton at FatWallet.com.

Shelton says think of the mobile technology the web has spawned, yet it keeps getting better.

“Just a few years ago, it was probably ill-advised to do any kind of shopping from a mobile device, where now its starting to become and every day process,” he tells KTRH News.

For all the email, texting, Skyping and online searches for jobs, homes, starting a new business, Shelton says things can always be improved upon.

“There's a lot of security issues, and there's a lot of bad things that can happen,” he says.  “So the best thing that we can do as humans is take the right step to ensure our own security, and hopefully the larger companies of the world will do the same to protect our information.”

While the World Wide Web has helped shrink, or even expand the world, even in 2014, one in five Americans still don't use the Internet.  They either can't afford it, or broadband just isn't available where they live.

 

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