Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Jun 2012 23:15 UTC
Internet & Networking "Long before the coming of the World Wide Web, the Minitel provided a sort of internet-in-one-country. Long before Facebook, Google or Twitter - millions of French people went 'online' daily to search for information, to book their holidays, chat to strangers or seek cheap (or not so cheap) sexual thrills."
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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Sat 16th Jun 2012 00:04 UTC
Laurence
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2007-03-26

That article seems to confuse the web for the internet (the web was invented in the 90s, the internet has been around several decades longer). Also it mistakenly called the internet (which I presume the reporter meant web) was a US invention when France (read CERN) had just a big involvement in the emergence of both those technologies.

However web technicalities aside, it was an interesting read

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by henderson101 on Sat 16th Jun 2012 14:48 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Tim Berners-Lee is most definitely English. I'd therefore say, CERN was just the setting, and the Web (as a concept) was British (though, all here ally did was build on existing ideas.)

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by zima on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 22:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

What a "most definitely English", living in Massachusetts ;p

Though, really, the web probably more or less grew from the international character of CERN campus.

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RE: Comment by Laurence
by 123soleil on Sat 16th Jun 2012 22:18 in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
123soleil Member since:
2009-11-15

"France (read CERN) had just a big involvement in the emergence of both those technologies."

Although partly on the border, CERN is actually in geneva which is in switzerland, not France.

Edited 2012-06-16 22:19 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Sun 17th Jun 2012 23:16 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

"France (read CERN) had just a big involvement in the emergence of both those technologies."

Although partly on the border, CERN is actually in geneva which is in switzerland, not France.

CERN is a European organisation, not Swiss. Thus the location of their HQ is irrelevant.

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RE[2]: Comment by Laurence
by zima on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 22:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by Laurence"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Although partly on the border, CERN is actually in geneva which is in switzerland, not France.

Though the CERN building in which the web was born is, in fact, in France ;)

http://davidgalbraith.org/uncategorized/the-exact-location-where-th...

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