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15 years ago, the World Wide Web project was invented by its creator at CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research). Built between 1989 and 1990 by Britain's Tim Berners-Lee, to meet the need of sharing information between scientists, the WWW software would change the world. A component of the Internet, the World Wide Web project (which had its origins in the creation of the U.S. military network ARPANET in 1969), was unveiled by Tim Berners-Lee in a message posted on August 6, 1991 on the News: alt.hypertext newsgroup.

The Web combines the technologies of personal computers, computer networking and hypertext into a global information system, which "is both powerful and easy to use." In April 1993, CERN formalized the entry of the Web in the public domain, "without payment of royalties and without any restriction." In November 1993, the US-NCSA made the Web accessible to the general public through its Mosaic browser.

Since then, the Web has become an indispensable communication tool in our information society with the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), the promises of Web 2.0 and the achievements of the generation. What is Web 2.0? Is it a code? No, it seems it is tomorrow's Internet, encompassing a new technology, a different mindset, a new way of doing business. Web 2.0 is another way to experience the world with others. The original design, which appeared 10 years ago, was viewed primarily as a tool for dissemination and viewing documents. The new version 2.0, launched for the first time in 2003 at a conference in the United States, is based on all the technologies that have recently emerged, allowing software to run remotely on any device (computer, phone, PDA).

It focuses not on content but on the user, rather than redefining the Internet as a medium but as a platform for trade and services, a network based on sharing and aggregation of content of all kinds. The U.S. has witnessed the flourishing of start-up companies in Silicon Valley thanks to Web 2.0, or "living web", the Internet community whose content is provided and shared by the "surfers".

On the crest of this new e-wave, France aligned Dailymotion.com, founded by Benjamin Bejbaum and Olivier Poitrey, a site specializing in trading videos: every day, Internet users to upload 2,600 movies and visit 4.2 million pages. Users could register themselves as fans of whatever themes they took a fancy to: manga, music, comedy or football. Anyone is free to submit a video and comment on others': the user provides the content. Result: the media and investors began eyeing the small business and its community of 200,000 members.

Dailymotion has become a supplier of TF, develops partnerships with telecom operators in Europe and other media such as TV Pink and Sport, a free monthly service. "The cable and satellite need content. Sky England, contacted us," said Bejbaum in an interview with Live 8. Dailymotion is a chain project, with the most viewed videos on the Internet. "Starting this summer, it will be possible to send videos from a mobile to the website and vice versa," enthuses Bejbaum.

Tags: Dailymotion.com, World Wide Web Consortium, alt.hypertext newsgroup, Silicon Valley

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