Fysikern Tim Berners-Lee visade upp de första planerna för ett system som skulle kunna länka samman information om de partikelacceleratorer och experiment som drevs vid det europeiska forskningscentret CERN redan 1989. Mjukvaran för World Wide Web utvecklades på en NeXT som även drev den första webbservern vars innehåll nu har restaurerats på originaladressen http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

”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.”