The World Wide Web's launch three decades ago marked the beginning of the Internet's evolution into the revolutionary communications tool it has become.
Tim Berners-Lee conceived of the Web at Switzerland's CERN laboratory and persuaded the lab to release it into the public domain for free; he has since credited the Web's massive expansion to that decision.
By the end of 1994, more than 24 million people in North America spent an average of five hours a week online, while today nearly two-thirds of the global population visit hundreds of millions of sites via the Web.
Berners-Lee, who received the 2017 ACM A.M. Turing Award for inventing the World Wide Web, directs the World Wide Web Consortium with the goal of keeping the platform neutral and universal.
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