Chapter 1 A Brief History of the Web

Since its inception in the early 1990s, the Web has revolutionized our lives and world more than many other technological developments in recent history. In this first chapter, we tour the history of the Web, during which we will identify three major streams of development and impact:

image The application stream is simply an account of what we have experienced over the past ten to fifteen years, namely the Web as an ever-growing and omnipresent library of information that we access through search engines and portals, the Web as a commerce platform through which people and companies do major portions of their business, ...

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