Happy 25th Birthday to the Embattled World Wide Web

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. » 3/12/14 5:40pm 3/12/14 5:40pm

Tim Berners-Lee: We Need an Online Magna Carta

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. » 3/12/14 5:30am 3/12/14 5:30am

Tim Berners-Lee: Surveillance Threatens the Future of Democracy

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… » 11/22/13 7:30am 11/22/13 7:30am

Inventor of the Web Given Hero's Welcome at Olympics

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. » 7/28/12 3:41pm 7/28/12 3:41pm

The First Ever Proposal for the Web Was Judged "Vague, But Exciting"

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. » 4/19/12 6:39am 4/19/12 6:39am

The World Wide Web Doesn't Revolve Around You, Music Industry

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. » 4/18/12 10:20pm 4/18/12 10:20pm

Texas Jury Smacks Down Landmark Shakedown Attempt by Infamous Patent…

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. » 2/09/12 9:40pm 2/09/12 9:40pm

The Web at 20: It Changed Everything

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. » 8/06/11 3:00pm 8/06/11 3:00pm

9 Laboratories That Created the Modern World

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! » 8/05/11 1:00pm 8/05/11 1:00pm

This Is Where the Web Was Born

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] » 7/09/10 1:40pm 7/09/10 1:40pm

Eight Regrettable Tech Inventions, Regretted

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. » 10/14/09 4:00pm 10/14/09 4:00pm

The Inventor of the Web Is Really Sorry About Destroying So Many Trees

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. » 10/12/09 4:33pm 10/12/09 4:33pm

The Machine That Changed the World

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. » 5/30/09 12:00pm 5/30/09 12:00pm