Haha, just kidding. Well, not about the prize part. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, just won the ACM Turing Award and the $1 million purse that comes with it. The sum seems menial for such a world-changing contribution, but seriously, Sir Tim will be fine.
Yesterday was the 28th anniversary of the day that Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for what would become the World Wide Web. In honor of the occasion, he published a letter outlining the biggest areas of its development that are doing him a frighten and warping his original vision.
The web is a little fucked up right now. Governments are spying on civilians, some block specific websites, and companies like Amazon have a stranglehold on the cloud services business. But what if we could create a decentralized web, with more privacy, less government control, and less corporate influence?
How do you sing happy birthday to a computer? Or, more specifically, how do you sing happy birthday to a system of hyperlinked files accessible, by the internet, that live inside your computer (and phone, and tablet, and so on)? It is, after all, the World Wide Web's 25th birthday.
Daddy of the internet Tim Berners-Lee has spoken out in an attempt to enshrine the independence of the world wide web, telling the Guardian that he believes we need an online Magna Carta to protect the rights of its users world wide.
The NSA revelations and general feeling of threat that comes from the knowledge our communications are being watched is worrying Tim Berners-Lee, so much so that he's calling for "bold steps" to be taken to ensure our privacy and right to freedom of expression make it through this era of intense monitoring and…
Yesterday's Olympic opening ceremony was a hallucinatory ode to western history, questionable British music, a giant baby, David Beckham's body, and—amid the athletic sprawl—one of the greatest geeks of all time.
Great ideas aren't always recognised as such at first. But when Tim Berners-Lee submitted to his boss the first proposal for what would become the web, everyone knew that something special was in the making.
It's always nice when family has your back. So it should come as a great relief to hear that Tim Berners-Lee, father of the World Wide Web, opposes recent controversial web freedom-limiting legislation such as SOPA and PIPA.
Tim "I helped invent the Internet" Berners-Lee testified before a federal jury earlier this week, tearing into the validity of a key patent Eolas Technologies' was exploiting to sue multiple web companies for $600 million. He must have been persuasive because the court took mere hours to reach its decision.
Happy Birthday, Interwebz! How far you've come. See, if the Internet drew its first breath in the fall of 1969, it took its first steps toward its potential on August 6, 1991. Took awhile there. But it was this first step that was just the beginning.
Sure Frankenstein's lab had that green guy and Dr. Weird's housed a gigantic mecha-bunny—but these labs! Oobject brings us the lairs of science's greatest minds—the researchers who have given the world electricity, television, the Internet, and LSD!
Tim Berners-Lee cites this spot (specifically that plaque on the wall!) at CERN to be the birthplace of the world wide web. Note the series of tubes on the ceiling. Those played a critical role, I understand. [davidgalbraith]
The history of technology is littered with great ideas, but you've got a make a distinction between the ones that are truly, timelessly great, and the ones that, well, seemed good at the time.
Tim Berners-Lee, the guy who usually gets the cred for inventing the world wide web, says there is one thing he'd do differently if he did it all again: He'd dump the double slash that follows http in web addresses.
Perhaps more than anything else previously invented, this pretty black box changed the world of communications, entertainment, commerce, scientific research, and even war forever. In fact, the world as we know it today would have never existed without it.
It's confirmed: the Queen loves the Web.