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Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee conceived of and developed the web with help from Robert Cailliau and others at the nuclear physics laboratory European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The development of the web was the key technology that popularized the Internet around the world. Berners-Lee named his first hypertext system Enquire, after an old book he found as child in his parents' house called Enquire Within upon Everything which provided a range of household tips and advice.. In the fall of 1990, Berners-Lee took about a month to develop the first web browser on a NeXT computer, including an integrated editor that could create hypertext documents. He deployed the program on his and Cailliau's computers, and they were both communicating with the world's first web server at info.cern.ch on December 25, 1990. Though, CERN had been connected to the ARPANET, through the EUnet in 1990. In August, 1991, Tim posted a notice on the newsgroup about where to download their web server and line mode browser, making it available around the world. Web servers started popping up around the globe almost immediately.

An official Usenet 8 newsgroup called comp.infosystems.www was soon established to share info. Berners-Lee then added support for the FTP protocol to the server, making a wide range of existing FTP directories and Usenet newsgroups immediately accessible through a web page. He also added a telnet server on info.cern.ch, making a simple line browser available to anyone with a telnet client. Close to twenty years from its creation, today we cannot imagine our life without a Web, with Blogs, Wikis, Websites, Google all having becoming a part of our daily lingo. The World Wide Web was first conceived in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. The first conference of the series, WWW1, was held at CERN in 1994 and organized by Robert Cailliau.

The IW3C2 was founded by Joseph Hardin and Robert Cailliau later in 1994 and has been responsible for the conference series ever since. Except for 1994 and 1995 when two conferences were held each year, WWW became an annual event held in late April or early May. The location of the conference rotates among North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2001 the conference designator changed from a number (1 through 10) to the year it is held; i.e., WWW11 became known as WWW2002, and so on.

The WWW Conference series aims to provide the world a premier forum for discussion and debate about the evolution of the Web, the standardization of its associated technologies, and the impact of those technologies on society and culture. The conferences bring together researchers, developers, users and commercial ventures – indeed all who are passionate about the Web and what it has to offer. The conferences are organized by the IW3C2 in collaboration with Local Organizing Committees and Technical Program Committees. The series provides an open forum in which all opinions can be presented, subject to a strict process of peer review.

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