These days we probably couldn’t imagine life without the Internet, and we’ve got one man to thank for it: Tim Berners-Lee. Contrary to popular belief (or unpopular belief), it was not Al Gore who invented the Internet, but rather an Oxford University graduate who was working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Lab, when he invented the world wide web in 1989, an ‘internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing’.
By 1991, people outside of CERN joined the web community, and in April 1993, CERN announced that the world wide web technology ‘would be available for anyone to use on a royalty-free basis’. Thank goodness for that!
Since the Internet was introduced to the world, we’ve become obsessed with it. China even has military-style bootcamps set up for teens addicted to the net. And there are treatment plans (all over the Internet) on how to beat Internet addiction. Addicted to the net yourself? You’ve got Tim Berners-Lee and his moment of genius creativity to thank for this!