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Tag Archives: Internet Origins

 At the last count, 25% of the world were online, which equates to about 2 billion people. Now, the internet has become a major part of our lives, but where did it all begin?

Tim Berners-Lee: creator of the first website

 In 1991, Tim Berners-Lee created the first website, so that anyone could access certain information, no matter where they were, or what model of computer they were using. 20 years on, mankind now communicates by using the World Wide Web he created. 

 The web was created so that information became freely available to anyone, and was structured to resist authority. However, with the rise of file sharing programs such as Napster, which threatened to overturn the music industry with people downloading free music, some sort of control was needed.

Napster: one of the first file sharing websites

  Although users can use the web to promote themselves, sharing their or other people’s views; there is a central control, which comes from governments or companies, and so freedom of expression is not, and will not, be wholly available.

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