The launch of Wikipedia, emergence of the iPhone and the election of U.S. President Barack Obama were among the 10 most influential moments on the Internet in the past decade, according to the annual Webby awards.

Other events singled out by the New York-based International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which has presented the annual Webby awards since 1996, were the Iranian election in 2009 when protests demonstrated the power of Twitter and other social network in reshaping democracy.

"The Internet is the story of the decade because it was the catalyst for change in not just every aspect of our everyday lives, but in everything from commerce and communication to politics and pop culture," said David-Michel Davies, the executive director of The Webby Awards, in a statement.

"The recurring theme among all of the milestones on our list is the Internet's capacity to circumvent old systems and put more power into the hands of ordinary people."

Here is the Webby's list of the 10 most influential Internet moments of the decade:

- Craigslist, the free classifieds site, expands outside San Francisco in 2000, impacting newspaper publishers everywhere

- Google AdWords launched in 2000 allowing advertisers to target their customers with laser-sharp precision

- Wikipedia, the free open-source encyclopaedia, launches in 2001 and today boasts more than 14 million articles in 271 different languages and bringing strangers together on projects

- Napster shutdown in 2001, opening the file-sharing floodgates

- Google's IPO in 2004 put the search engine on the path to powering countless aspects of our everyday lives

- Online video revolution in 2006 that led to a boom in homemade and professional content on the Internet and helped reshape everything from pop culture to politics

- Facebook opens to non-college students and Twitter takes off in 2006

- The iPhone debuts in 2007 and smartphones go from a luxury item to a necessity with an app for just about every aspect of modern life

- US presidential campaign in 2008 in which the Internet changed every facet of the way campaigns are run

- Iranian election protests in 2009 when Twitter proved vital in organising demonstrations and as a protest too

(Read by Lee Hannon. Lee Hannon is a multimedia journalist at the China Daily Web site.)

日前,一年一度的“威比奖”评选出过去十年十大最具影响力的互联网事件,维基百科的推出、iPhone的面世以及贝拉克•奥巴马当选美国总统等事件上榜。

位于纽约的国际数字艺术与科学学会自1996年开始举办一年一度的“威比奖”评选,此次上榜的其它事件还包括今年的伊朗大选,缘起大选的抗议活动彰显了Twitter和其它社交网站在重塑民主过程中的作用。

“威比奖”的执行主管大卫-迈克尔•戴维斯在一份声明中说:“互联网是过去十年的一个大事件,因为它推动了诸多领域的变化,不仅包括我们日常生活的各个方面,还涉及商务、通讯、政治、流行文化等各个领域。”

“上榜的所有里程碑事件都说明了这样一个主题,那就是互联网超越旧体制,赋予普通人更多权力的能力。”

“威比奖”评选出的过去十年互联网十大最具影响力事件如下:

1. 2000年,免费分类信息网站Craigslist将业务拓展到旧金山以外地区,开始影响到各地的报纸发行商。

2. 2000年,谷歌发布AdWords网络广告平台,使广告商可精准地定位目标受众。

3. 2001年,免费开放源代码百科全书“维基百科”上线,迄今该平台已用271种不同语言发表了1400多万篇文章,并通过各种主题将陌生人聚集在一起。

4. 2001年,(旧版)Napster网站关闭,开启了文件共享之源。

5. 2004年,谷歌首次公开募股,从此搜索引擎开始影响人们生活的方方面面。

6. 2006年,网络视频革命,从此互联网上涌现出大批自制且具专业水准的视频内容,流行文化和政治等各领域也因此发生变化。

7.2006年, Facebook面向非大学生群体开放,Twitter面世。

8. 2007年,iPhone问世,智能手机从奢侈品成为必需品,其应用功能与现代生活息息相关。

9. 2008年,美国总统大选,互联网改变了竞选过程的各个方面。

10. 2009年,伊朗大选抗议活动中使用Tweeter。Twitter在组织示威游行和抗议活动中发挥了重要作用。


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