L. 1989 je za potrebe skupnosti visokoenergijskih fizikov Tim Berners-Lee v CERNu razvil svetovni splet (WWW). Štiri leta kasneje se je CERN odločil tehnologijo ponuditi na voljo zastonj.
On 30 April 1993, CERN made the source code of WorldWideWeb available on a royalty-free basis; the software was free for anyone to use, and remains so today. Web usage exploded as people started setting up their own servers and websites. By late 1993 there were over 500 known web servers, and the WWW accounted for 1% of internet traffic, which seemed a lot in those days (the rest was remote access, e-mail and file transfer). Twenty years on, there are an estimated 630 million websites online.
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