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The World Wide Web turns 30

The World Wide Web is 30 years old. It was born in March 1989 in the form of a proposal for how the world's largest physics lab, CERN, could efficiently store its data. "[The inventor], Tim Berners-Lee, wasn’t hired to make the World Wide Web, but he could see that CERN had a lot of problems finding information and connecting the right information," says our guest, Professor Niels Brügger, who is specialised in internet studies and digital humanities.

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Our guest explains that one of the main features Berners-Lee invented is the hyperlink, meaning that when you click on a word you can be redirected to another text on another computer anywhere in the world. "That was absolutely new at the time. You had to explain it to people, actually," Brügger told FRANCE 24.

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