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Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the web in France, not Switzerland

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Tim Berners-Lee has revealed through an email conversation that the building he worked on building the Web in is actually in France, not Switzerland as previously assumed.


Sir Tim Berners-Lee inventing the World Wide Web during his time as a researcher at the CERN laboratory is part of the Internet's fabled history, but there's another twist in the tale — it turns out that the Web as we know it actually came to fruition in France, not Switzerland as many had assumed. CERN has a huge international campus that crosses the Franco-Swiss border, and while the entrance to the facility is in Geneva, Berners-Lee has revealed in an email conversation with Yelp co-founder David Galbraith that he was actually working out of Building 31 on the French side. There's no marked border in CERN, though, and Berners-Lee was living in rented accommodation in Switzerland around the time, so it's probably not fair to lump the Web in with the hot air balloon and champagne as a purely French invention. As Galbraith notes, the international birth of the Web is fitting for a creation that has done so much to break down borders.