Twenty years ago today, Tim Berners-Lee posted this announcement on Usenet (the main Internet forums of the day). The key line:

“The WorldWideWeb (WWW) project aims to allow links to be made to any information anywhere.”

Berners-Lee didn’t just give this to the world. He deliberately declined to patent this work, because he wanted wide adoption of his invention and believed in a culture of open, not closed.

We are all in his debt.

3 thoughts on “Thank You, Tim Berners-Lee

  1. Berners-Lee should be applauded! And, by the way, many happy returns of the day tomorrow with love to you and Noriko. – Lise

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