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The internet and the world wide web are not the same thing

NEW YORK (NBC News) - The World Wide Web, the concept that made the internet relevant to most of us, turned 25 Wednesday.

British scientist Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea for the Web; the internet was already in existence, a global connection of computer networks that had been developed in the 1960s.

The World Wide Web opened the door to that network and launched a technology revolution.

"It's humanity connected, when you look up the web you see humanity," Berners-Lee now says.

"87 percent of all Americans are online on a regular basis, and if you look at people with college degrees or young people, that's like 97 plus percent," points out Senior Editor Dan Ackerman.

For all of the benefits the World Wide Web has created, it's also brought increasing concerns about privacy, surveillance and cyber-crime.

That's led the Web's creator to use its anniversary as a call for an online bill of rights to guarantee free speech and protect online users.

It's an issue Berners-Lee never envisioned when he introduced a concept 25 years ago that wound up changing the world.

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