WWW – injustice/justice

The best thing that has ever come along, has been the development of a more or less full-functioning and well functioning World Wide Web, which allows to not only access information world wide, but to also share information on a large platform and with a large audience.The WWW whose early conceptual origins date back as far as 1946, also now known simply as Web, is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on top of the Internet. The Web uses the HTTP protocol, only one of the languages spoken over the Internet, to transmit data. Major development happened between 1979 and 1991. Notably in 1980 the concept originated with Tim Berners-Lee of CERN, Switzerland [now: Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA ], who was instrumental in the development of the Web and its common language.

By 1990, (Sir Timothy) Berners-Lee had built all the tools necessary for a working Web: the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) 0.9, the HyperText Markup Language (HTML), the first Web browser (named WorldWideWeb, which was also a Web editor), the first HTTP server software (later known as CERN httpd), the first web server (http://info.cern.ch). While the Internet is a massive network of networks, a networking infrastructure, connecting millions of computers together globally, forming a network in which any computer can communicate with any other computer as long as they are both connected to the Internet. The Internet in simplified terms is needed to network (pull) all components together.

Purpose of this article is not to get into too much technical detail, but to relate the (more sinister) usefulness of the Web. What is ‘sinister’ refers to the endless possibilities of “getting even” with those who have done injustice to others. Racism, discrimination, human and animal rights’ violations in any and of any form will now be made public. Anybody can share in it. That in itself is the most wonderful event that ever happened to help those who have been unjustly treated by other fellow humans – more than not, by large corporations – . The not so sinister side of this is the fact that anybody who had been treated unjustly can now feel better, by talking about it. Gottes Mühlen mahlen langsam, aber gerecht [literal translation=God’s mills work slow, but just]. Or, justice will be done, even if it takes a lifetime.

Finally, much gratitude is owed to all those who have freely contributed their time, knowledge and expertise in the development of software, than can be shared with all users of the WWW.


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