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First ever website brought back to life at its original URL

30 Apr

From CERN:

When the first website was born, it was probably quite lonely. And with few people having access to browsers – or to web servers so that they could in turn publish their own content – it must have taken a visionary leap of faith at the time to see why it was so exciting. The early WWW team, led by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN, had such vision and belief. The fact that they called their technology the World Wide Web hints at the fact that they knew they had something special, something big.

In 1993 the WWW team wrote an advert for the web that appeared in Tagung Deutsches ForschungsNetz. They wrote:

“To find out about WWW:

telnet info.cern.ch [a command you would type into your network-enabled computer]

This will give you the very basic line-mode interface. Don’t be disappointed: use it to find out how to install it or more advanced graphical interface browsers on your local system.”

I think the ‘don’t be disappointed’ is crucial here: the WWW team knew that they had something revolutionary that could look rather ordinary, even disappointing. But they had an idea of what they were building.

The first URL was: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

For many years, this URL has been dormant, inactive. It simply redirected to the web host root of http://info.cern.ch

We just put the files back online, using the archive that is hosted on the W3C site. This is a 1992 copy of the first website. This may be the earliest copy that we can find, but we’re going to keep looking for earlier ones.

Take five minutes to browse the first website. Don’t be disappointed…




Act Like Neville Chamberlain and Get Fined $2,000,000

24 Oct

In previous posts I have been quite vocal about censorship and the appeasement of the search engines in response to governmental requests for limiting access and information. Now the Congress is contemplating fining companies if they cooperate with the technological surveillance of political dissidents or share technology and information used for “Internet-restricting” purposes.

From Forbes, “Companies under the congressional microscope included Cisco (nasdaq: CSCOnews people ), which Smith accused of helping China create a “police net” database used to track and imprison political dissidents around the country. He alluded to Yahoo!‘s (nasdaq: YHOOnews people ) cooperation with Chinese police, offering up email information that led to journalist Shi Tao receiving a 10-year prison term in 2005 for “revealing state secrets.” Smith also criticized Google (nasdaq: GOOGnews people ) for its decision to appease China by blocking politically controversial search results on its Mandarin site.”Google has joined hook, line and sinker with the propaganda regime of Beijing,” Smith said.

While I applaud Congress for trying to stay in front of this issue, it sends a dangerous message to companies doing business overseas that if you try and comply with the legal requirements of the jurisdiction you are in, then the US government will fine you if it disagrees with that foreign government’s policies. Countries like China, Burma, Belarus, Vietnam, Ethiopia, and Tunisia have very repressive policies and of course these policies should be repealed. Fining companies who, by their very nature will encourage greater openness, do business in these countries is sending the wrong message. And in this case, the wrong message is worse than no message at all.

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