CFP: History of the Web

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The World Wide Web was invented at CERN by Sir Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 and in 1993, CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain.

In May 1994 Robert Cailliau organized the First International WWW Conference in Geneva and following that event in August 1994 he launched with Joseph Hardin the IW3C2 formally incorporated in May 1996 as a non-profit Association under Swiss law. In 2022 this conference became The ACM Web Conference.

The 2023 edition of this conference is therefore the 32nd in the series and takes place on the 33rd anniversary of the Web.

During this period, access to the Web and its applications have become widely available around the world and many new technologies have emerged. The evolution of the Web has been marked not only by great technological advances, but also by anecdotal events that have contributed to build the Web that we know today.

After more than thirty years, it is time to keep track of all these events, so we invite all those who participated in this collective adventure to share the information they have. We also invite those whose field of technical, sociological, or philosophical research concerns the evolution or the impact of the Web to submit their work.

Four varieties of contributions are requested:

All submissions will be peer-reviewed and evaluated on the basis of originality, relevance, quality, and technical, sociological, or historical contribution.

This year a major theme of the track will be the history and development of Web browsers but all submissions are welcome.

Submission guidelines

For this special track, submissions length must be between 4 and 8 content pages. These content pages should include all figures and tables, but exclude supplementary material and references. In addition, two (2) additional pages of supplementary materials may be included.

The total number of pages with supplementary material and references must not exceed 12 pages. The papers must be formatted according to the instructions below. Submissions are NOT anonymous.

Submissions will be handled via Easychair, at

Formatting the submissions

Submissions must adhere to the ACM template and format published in the ACM guidelines at Please remember to add Concepts and Keywords. Please use the template in traditional double-column format to prepare your submissions. For example, word users may use Word Interim Template, and LaTeX users may use sample-sigconf template.

For overleaf users, you may want to use

Submissions for review must be in PDF format. They must be self-contained and written in English. Authors are requested to use spell checking and grammar checking tools. Submissions will be subjected to plagiarism-checking software.

Publication policy

Accepted papers will require a further revision in order to meet the requirements and page limits of the camera-ready format required by ACM. Instructions for the preparation of the camera-ready versions of the papers will be provided after acceptance.

All accepted papers will be published by ACM in the Companion(Document) together with the research track papers and will be available via the ACM Digital Library. To be included in the proceedings, at least one author of each accepted paper must register for the conference and present the paper there.

Important dates

No rebuttal is foreseen.

All submission deadlines are end-of-day in the Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time zone.