The internet started way back in the late 60’s. It was developed for the U.S. Dept of Defense by an agency called the Advanced Research Projects Agency. Their job was to create a network of computers with no one central point of control or command. In the event of a nuclear attack vital information could be rerouted and communications would remain intact. It was called Arpanet.
In the 70’s several colleges were given access to the experimental network (Arpanet) to conduct research for the U.S. Government. The first email was also sent out around this time.
The World Wide Web was created in 1990
by Dr. Tim Berners-Lee, at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), who wrote the first hypertext transfer protocol daemon (HTTPD) and the first hypertext markup language (HTML) browser, as a way to allow nuclear physicists to exchange working papers over the computer networks.