THE world wide web is celebrating its 30th birthday today.

At lot has changed in 30-years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for a 'large hypertext database with typed links' as a means for his colleagues at nuclear physics lab Cern to share information among multiple computers.

The first web page went live on August 6, 1991 and ran on a NeXT computer at the Cern organisation and was dedicated to store information on the world wide web project.

We now live in a world where many of us could not function without the internet, with many businesses, organisations and jobs rely on a flexible, adaptable and high internet speeds.

From gaming, socialising, planning, gambling, watching sports, films and podcasts, the internet has revolutionised the way we, as a species, exist on the planet.

The Lancashire Telegraph became the first regional newspaper in Britain to put daily, updated news on the internet in 1995.

Melanie Disley, the Lancashire Telegraph's audience and content editor, said: "In recent years the world wide web has changed how newspapers, regionally and nationally, work.

“The way readers absorb news has also evolved.

"With the addition of picture galleries, videos, live blogs and interactive charts in stories, readers have access to much more information and it gives newspapers more creative ways to tell stories.

"Social media has become a major player in the news-sharing industry. It has allowed newspapers and its readers to be closer than ever before by providing comments and providing a great platform for discussion.

“It is important to mention the internet, despite being a brilliant piece of programming, should be used safely and exercised with caution.

"We celebrate the world wide web's 30th birthday today and look forward to what the future will bring in the next 30 years."

Google has dedicated its homepage doodle to the 30th anniversary, which states: "By 1991, the external web servers were up and running.

"The web would soon revolutionise life as we know it, ushering in the information age.

"Today, there are nearly 2 billion websites online. Whether you use it for email, homework, gaming, or checking out videos of cute puppies, chances are you can't imagine life without the web."

In an open letter to mark the 30th anniversary, Sir Tim urged the public, government and other organisations to come together to ensure everyone has access to the technology, and called for changes to be made to protect users from rising incidents of hacking and data breaches.

He said: "The fight for the web is one of the most important causes of our time.

"Today, half of the world is online.

"It is more urgent than ever to ensure the other half are not left behind offline, and that everyone contributes to a web that drives equality, opportunity and creativity."