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World Wide Web Turns 30



March 12 is a special day in the history of the Internet - it is the birthday of the World Wide Web. It was on March 12 in 1989 that British physicist Tim Berners-Lee, working for Europe's physics lab CERN, proposed a decentralised system of information management. It signalled the birth of the World Wide Web, that is today used by billions around the world to access the Internet.

To celebrate the World Wide Web's 30th birthday, Google came up with a special doodle to remind netizens of how things were in early days. "Not to be confused with the internet, which had been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL "addresses," and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP", said Google in a blog post.

Google launches Bolo app for kids lacking good education support system in rural India

Looking at plight of school system in rural areas of most Indian states where poor and financially backward families are dependent on the government backed schools, Google has come out with a smart solution to make a change with the use of smartphones, which have increasingly become a common sight in rural areas. The company has unveiled Bolo Android app to facilitate rural kids who are devoid of having access to a good education support system. The app, which is a speech-based reading-tutor app to assist such kids, was released on Wednesday in India first. The Bolo app is now available for free via Google Play and can work offline.

Nearly 2,800 sites blocked in 2018

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology blocked 2,799 URLs last year for allegedly hosting malicious content, up from 1,385 in 2017 and 633 in 2016. Economic Times reports that internet activists are up in arms over the government withholding the list of such sites despite several RTI queries, besides not citing any reason for the blockade. Internet advocacy groups also claim that websites of NGOs and human rights groups that are critical of government policy have been barred. A MeitY official said no website is blocked arbitrarily and the “intermediary platform is free to agree to it or disagree.”




Indian ISPs, especially Reliance Jio and Airtel, seem to be blocking access to a wide variety of services, including VPN websites, torrent sites, Telegram, and even Soundcloud. The Internet Freedom Foundation crowdsourced a list of over 130 user complaints from across India.