First ever website to be recreated

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First page of the internet

The first ever website is to be recreated, as the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) celebrates the 20th anniversary of the founding of the internet.

CERN commented that the goal of recreating this website was to ensure the preservation of the original hardware and software which helped to inspire the birth of the web. The internet is described on this page as being "a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents". Other pages included as part of the first ever website include details on the team behind the project, help on browsers and coding, early software products available at this time, and ways in which a user interested in making the internet a success can help.

The first part of CERN's plan to recreate the first ever website is outlined in a statement by the research group, including further details on how the group planned to ensure that the story behind the birth of the internet is remembered.

Celebrating the internet

This is the latest marking of the creation of the internet, following on from Prof Sir Tim Berners-Lee featuring as part of the opening ceremony at the Olympic Games.

This eventual recreation of the first page of the internet is just one of the ways that the growth of the web and internet freedom has been celebrated in recent times. Eric Schmidt was part of a Google visit to North Korea, while the proposed introduction of the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) drew widespread criticism from many internet users, including those of the popular internet community Reddit, who 'blacked out' a number of their pages for 24 hours to show the impact that limitation on internet freedom could bring.

Natalie Booth, head of search at theEword commented: "Internet freedom is absolutely essential, with the world wide web offering potential which was unthinkable twenty years ago. Projects such as this from CERN help to celebrate the birth of this key service, as well as promoting how important it is that the principles of a free and open internet are not left behind".