Steven Pemberton in Nieuwsuur TV on Web@30

To celebrate 30 years since Tim Berners-Lee's proposal for the World Wide Web, an anniversary event is webcast on 12 March. In the Netherlands, CWI Web pioneer Steven Pemberton was interviewed by Nieuwsuur. It was broadcast on national TV on 8 March.

Publication date: 11-03-2019

To celebrate 30 years since Tim Berners-Lee’s proposal for the World Wide Web, an anniversary event is webcast on 12 March 2019. In the Netherlands, CWI Web pioneer Steven Pemberton was interviewed by Nieuwsuur, which was broadcast on national TV on 8 March.

In 1989, CERN was a hive of ideas and information stored on multiple incompatible computers. Tim Berners-Lee envisioned a unifying structure for linking information across different computers, and wrote a proposal in March 1989 called 'Information Management: A Proposal'. By 1991, this vision of universal connectivity had become the World Wide Web!

To celebrate 30 years since Tim Berners-Lee’s proposal and to kick-start a series of celebrations worldwide, CERN will host a 30th anniversary event on the morning of 12 March 2019 in partnership with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the World Wide Web Foundation. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Robert Cailliau and other Web pioneers and experts will explore the challenges and opportunities of innovative technologies, past, present and future. This anniversary event will be webcast: https://cern.ch/web30 on Tuesday 12 March from 8.00-10.00 A.M. 

In the Netherlands CWI Web pioneer Steven Pemberton was interviewed by 'Nieuwsuur', partly in the CWI building where he has been working on (X)HTML and other Web standards for many years. The interview was broadcasted on national TV (NPO2)  on Friday evening 8 March 2019 and can be seen here: https://www.npostart.nl/nieuwsuur/08-03-2019/VPWON_1297038 (starts at 31:37, in Dutch).

 

Some screenshots from the Nieuwsuur interview

CWI has a long history in contributing to standards for the World Wide Web.

Steven Pemberton in his former room at CWI where he had worked on (X)HTML and other Web standards. He was also one of the first five users of the Internet in Europe.

Tim Berners-Lee with his proposal for the World Wide Web, with a note by one of his superiors at the time: 'Vague but exciting...'

Steven Pemberton at CWI in the early years of the World Wide Web.

Steven Pemberton at AMS-IX.

 


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