25th birthday to the first public website

More than 25 years ago, in a research establishment in the Swiss Alps, a British-born computer scientist dreamt up a new way for academics to share information around the globe.
That scientist was Tim Berners-Lee, and he first introduced his idea on March 12, 1989.
Little did he realize that his invention would break out from the confines of academia and give birth to the global internet, the World Wide Web.
 
More than two decades on, there are over 200 million websites and over one trillion unique URLs. An astounding 3.4 billion people use the web worldwide - that's nearly half of the world's population. In the UK, the figure stands at over 92% of the population. Meanwhile, 88.5% of Americans and 85% of Australians use the internet, too.
With that in mind, we're looking back on how and why the web came into being, taking a look at how the web's key technologies have changed since the early '90s and investigating how it has affected our society and culture.
To illustrate how vividly things have changed, we'll take a snapshot of the web at five stages in its development - at five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years old (and beyond). To complete our long look at the World Wide Web - technology's millennial - , we once consulted an expert to find out just how different it could look in another five years' time.
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