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Happy 25th Birthday to the Web!

Dillon Mann · March 11, 2014

Today, March 12 2014, is the Web’s 25th birthday. To celebrate, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the World Wide Web Foundation and the World Wide Web Consortium have teamed up to launch webat25.org, a hub site which allows users around the globe to send birthday wishes to the Web, and learn about how they can, and should, play a key role in shaping its future. Head on over to webat25.org or send greetings using #web25 on any social media platform.

The Web Foundation is also announcing that today marks the start of a year of action for our Web We Want campaign, designed to engage millions around the world to tell us about their wishes for the Web and then work to build its future together. We’ll amplify, support and strengthen local groups, especially in the developing world, allowing everyone, everywhere to define and claim the rights they want to have online both nationally and globally.

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  1. Nadulak

    March 12, 2014

    Happy 25th birthday World Wide Web. Now read about what 'could' happen in the not too distant future! goo.gl/ccJ1kK

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  2. Joseph Joute

    March 12, 2014

    Happy Anniversary WWW! You are a strong young man at 25! May you become the best tool in the world for global development with Universal access for all! May the next 25 Years brings you more wealth, health, peace and prosperity for all! Congratulation to Tim and his team!

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  3. Abner Santana

    March 12, 2014

    That together in the next few years we can further improve the ineternet and keep it free to all and connect to all the world

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  4. Peter S. Konopka

    March 12, 2014

    If it was not for you guys I would have not been able to make so many people happier with my Website....THANK YOU...!!!!

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  5. Fredharllee

    March 12, 2014

    This is BS the WWW was started prior to 1969 as a secure communication system in the case of of nuclear war between US Universities and the US defense dept and later NATO. To say that Sir Tim invented it is a disservice to your readers. It is like Al Gore saying he invented the WWW. I was there and and as former military helped TUCK (UNC, Duke, NC State) develop it with what is now know as fiber cable. FORTRAN 4 was our preferred computer language. I always from my military and corporate career relied on BBC to be accurate. I am ashamed of your misleading article. Maybe he made a website that is a far from inventing the WWW but to say he invented it is Bull Shit.

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    1. Dillon Mann

      March 13, 2014

      Hi Fred - thanks for your comment. We think you're thinking of the internet - which was invented well prior to 1989, when TimBl wrote the proposal for the Web. If you want to read more, check out: http://www.w3.org/History.html

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  6. IRFAN

    March 13, 2014

    YES I DO AGREE AS WEB COMMUNITY IS SUFFERING FROM ESPIONAGE AND ILLEGAL THREATS FROM GOVT'S AND ORGANIZATIONS .THIS HAMPERS THE CREATIVITY PROCESS IN MIND OF YOUNG AND ARTISTIC PEOPLE . PLEASE STOP ESPIONAGE AND MAKE NEW LAWS FOR WWW. HAPPY 25TH BIRTHDAY

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  7. Marita MRDPortugal

    March 13, 2014

    I LOVE WWW. Congratulation !!! This is an special and magnificent day for all of us. Go ahead step by step to the future, to increase the knowledge in our lives. With all my heart Happy Birthday www.

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  8. Tom

    March 13, 2014

    The internet and of course the contribution by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Indeed he developed the key to unlocking the full potential of the Internet to the world. No looking back now as it accelerates us into the future and as long as it remains free, and uncontrolled by governments or anyone for that matter it will continue to be great. One can only hope that no matter what it takes us in a positive direction for all of humanity, this planet and our place in this massive universe.

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  9. J. Titor

    March 14, 2014

    FIGHT THE FUTURE

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  10. OANCA Ionela

    March 17, 2014

    Congratulation to Tim for this opportunity! Ionela

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  11. cristhofer

    March 18, 2014

    Es cierto lo del sorteo de 200,000.00millones defree logró y world wide web

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  12. Marcondes de Oliveira Buarque

    March 18, 2014

    Congratulatios for this time. WEB has a important role in the world. I woul like what everybody think of a government regulation for web , how brazilian congress are thinking, as wrote in the matter below: Brazilian Congress prepares task force by Civil Marco Internet The bill establishes rules on network usage and has vote scheduled for today , after several postponements by the government for fear of defeat, before the joint Deputy Eduardo Cunha , leader of the PMDB and rebel block The Presidential Palace will work hard in Congress to approve today the Civil Marco Internet , kind of constitution of the network . The vote has been postponed from last year because of threats of rebellion from the base , led by the leader of the PMDB in the House , Eduardo Cunha ( RJ ) , which repeated, articulate against the proposal . " Let's make a task force . Tomorrow ( today ) is the ' D-Day ' . We believe this strategic project for the country . It's a project of this or that government : it is of interest to the country, " said Rep. José Guimarães ( PT- EC ) . neutrality Presented in 2011 , after two years of discussion among legislators , scholars and netizens , the project establishes rights and obligations of users and ISPs. The biggest point of contention deals with network neutrality , whereby the connectivity providers have to treat equally all data packets , irrespective of content, origin and destination , service, terminal or application . Means that companies can not charge different prices , or offering unequal traffic speeds , users who purchase packages just email or just sharing videos , for example. For Cunha , the mandatory offer maximum access to all users , undermines the principle of commercial competition and uneconomic Internet price . " We want neutrality yes, but without increasing the cost to the user. There is no free lunch. Or find that compel provide greater infrastructure is not costly to account for the user ? " The President of the Law Commission on the Information Bar Association of Brazil Ceara Technology , Renato Torres de Abreu , considers the essential neutrality for users . " Telecommunication companies are very strong and call on government so there devices in the context that favor ." In an attempt to ensure a peaceful vote today, the Justice Minister José Eduardo Cardozo , Minister of Institutional Relations , Ideli Salvatti , and Vice President Michel Fearing met last night with Cunha, who came out stating that the deciding vote as bench PMDB . On Thursday , Cunha presented an alternative framework, which practically removes the requirement of neutrality . He also wants to relieve companies from setting up data centers in Brazil , another point of honor to the Plateau . The argument of the PMDB is the same : the obligation would increase costs for businesses , which would pass them to consumers . " First let's vote for rejection of civil milestone. If not rejected , we will discuss the amendment, " warned Cunha . Marcondes de Oliveira Buarque Deputy Regional Manager National Telecommunication Agency Sao Paulo Regional Office R. Vergueiro, 3073 - 11th floor Zip Code: 04101-300 - São Paulo - SP - Brazil Phone: (+55 11) 2104-8802 / 8804/8816 Cel: (+55 11) 76030374 Fax.: (+55 11) 2104-8815 marcondes@anatel.gov.br

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  13. AnnB

    March 25, 2014

    Yay for the ever amazing web, and your important work to open these opportunities for all! I heard that will.i.am made a video to honor this occasion -- sure would like to see it! Any pointers?

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