While the internet existed way before the World Wide Web, the web changed everything. Its success has as much to do with the simplicity of using an HTTP web browser, as the fact that it was put into the public domain and the timing of its invention In the 1980s the internet was mainly used by academics. In business, commercial email was limited to users of a particular service. Thanks to Vint Cerf, the internet was opened up to commercial services, enabling users to send email to anyone on the public internet. This laid the foundation on which a global information service, based on using httpd servers to serve up web pages and html web browsers to view them, could subsequently be built. But the dominance of global web and social media giants has meant that vast swathes of the web are effectively closed off.
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