Updated: 03/12/2014 9:02 AM
Created: 03/12/2014 8:00 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
Twenty-five years ago, the world as we know it changed forever, and most of us weren’t even aware that it was happening.
The World Wide Web is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary on Wednesday.
On March 12, 1989, British software engineer Tim Berners-Lee wrote his initial proposal of what would later become the World Wide Web. But it wasn’t until the next year that the first website went live. That website explained what the Web was and how to use it.
In 1995, only 14 percent of American adults used the Internet compared to 87 percent today who say they spend a portion of their day online. Worldwide, an estimated 2 billion people go online.
Here are some other significant events:
• 1994: Yahoo went online. Its original name was Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web.
• 1998: Google was founded
• 2004: Facebook was born
• 2005: The first-ever YouTube video was posted
Today, on the 25th anniversary, Berners-Lee said he wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance. Speaking on the 25th anniversary of his creation, Tim Berners-Lee says he hopes to spark a global conversation about the need to defend principles that have made the Web successful.
He told the Guardian newspaper that the Web was under increasing attack by governments and corporate interests. He said the system needed an online Magna Carta, or foundation of rules, to protect its openness and neutrality.
Berners-Lee said in a statement Wednesday he believes the Web should be "accessible to all, from any device, and one that empowers all of us to achieve our dignity, rights and potential as humans."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.