The World Wide Web (WWW or ”the Web”) was created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 as a way to share documents over the Internet. Soon after, two undergraduate students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign helped to popularize the use of the Web by creating the Mosaic web browser. 

This new graphical web browser ignited a publishing revolution that would come to define the dawn of the commercial Internet and the subsequent dot com boom throughout the 1990’s. 

Over the next two decades, the world would go on to publish trillions of “web pages” changing the way the way society shares information, communicates, and conducts business. 

As commercial web usage accelerates, open source efforts remain essential to ensuring that the Web continues to be a free and open platform.