We are at CERN today to celebrate 30 years of the World Wide Web: ask us anything about the history of the Web, its future and everything in between!
We’re at CERN today celebrating the 30th anniversary of the invention of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and we’re delighted to join you for this AMA.
In alphabetical order, we are:
- Jean-François Groff: Web pioneer and entrepreneur; I helped Tim Berners-Lee develop the World Wide Web technology
- Lou Montulli: Web pioneer and entrepreneur, author of the Lynx browser, founding engineer at Netscape
- Peggie Rimmer: Direct supervisor of Tim Berners-Lee at CERN, when he invented the Web
- Ben Segal: Internet promotor at CERN, Tim Berners-Lee’s mentor
- Andreas Wagner: Lead of the CERN Web Frameworks section; I have worked on CERN Web Services since 1998
Unfortunately, Frédéric, François and Zeynep are unable to participate due to last-minute conflicts! Zeynep has however responded to one of the questions posed during the AMA, and Frédéric has responded to another.
- Zeynep Tufekci: Techno-sociologist, writer, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, faculty associate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
- Frédéric Donck: Chief Regional Bureau Director for Europe for the Internet Society
François Flückiger: Early Internet promotor in Europe; I led the CERN Web team after Sir Tim Berners-Lee left
We will take your questions about the Web, its history and its future between 16:30 and 18:00 CET (UTC +01). Ask us anything!
Disclaimer: We are answering the questions in our personal capacities and none of the opinions expressed here necessarily represent those of CERN itself.
About the World Wide Web | Watch “A brief history of the Web”
Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist, invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989, while working at CERN. The Web was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automated information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world.
The first website at CERN – and in the world – was dedicated to the World Wide Web project itself and was hosted on Berners-Lee's NeXT computer.
On 30 April 1993, CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain. Later, CERN made a release available with an open licence, a more sure way to maximise its dissemination. These actions allowed the Web to flourish.
Find out more: The birth of the Web
CERN is the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, located in Geneva, Switzerland. It was established in 1954, and will celebrate its 65th anniversary this year.
Find out more: home.cern
EDIT: Thank you for all your questions! It has been fun, but we have to sign off now. Visit cern.ch/web30 for updates on the Web@30 celebrations! The recording from this morning's panels will be up there soon.
EDIT 2: We reached out to Zeynep and Frédéric after the AMA had ended to respond to two highly upvoted questions. However, we cannot respond to any follow-up questions. Once again, thank you for joining us!