April 30, 2013:
- The World Wide Web turns 20 today. In one more year it can have a drink. Until then, let’s raise a toast to Tim Berners-Lee, who in 1989 developed the technology that enabled collaboration between scientists around the world. One April 30, 1993, the European science agency CERN, where Berners-Lee worked, made the first web browser public domain. “I was lucky enough to invent the Web at the time when the Internet already existed,” said Berners-Lee. The first website is still online. The Internet, a network of interconnected computing devices, was first created with financing by the U.S. government.
- A government panel is encouraging Facebook and Google to intercept online communications in real time, reports The Washington Post. A government task force proposes fining the Internet giants that fail to heed wiretap orders. Both companies have been “resistant”