Back in 1989, working from a computer at CERN, Tim Berners-Lee put into the place the ideas and the infrastructure that would become the World Wide Web. In 1990, he released a formal proposal to build a "hypertext project": a "web" of "hypertext documents" that would be accessible via "browsers."
You know the story from there: the web, the commercial Internet, the ability you have to read this sentence on a screen. What you may not know, however, is that, in 2011, one of the new global institutions to emerge from Berners-Lee's invention returned to the effective place of its birth. Google came to CERN. And it brought with it its Street View equipment.