Inventor of World Wide Web wins computing's 'Nobel Prize'


Inventor of World Wide Web wins computing's 'Nobel Prize'

Sir Berners-Lee's decision to forgo any royalties and make the base technology that allowed the internet to thrive is the biggest reason why the web was able to grow and spread the way it has. Berners-Lee now is a full-time professor at MIT. After he was given the prestigious honor, Sir Berners-Lee proceeded to criticize how the state of the internet in both the United Kingdom and the U.S. has fallen so low.

In 1989, after several years working on early computer networking, he started to combine the ideas of hypertext, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the domain name system into a distributed information system he called the World Wide Web. On March 12 this year, when the web turned 28, Berners-Lee wrote an open letter saying fake news, surveillance laws, and political advertising are future threats to the web.

"That bill was a disgusting bill, because when we use the Web, we are so vulnerable", Berners-Lee told the Guardian.

Sir Tim also criticised moves by legislators on both sides of the Atlantic, which he sees as an assault on the privacy of web users.

The award will presented to Berners-Lee, who is founder of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the World Wide Web Foundation, at the ACM's annual banquet in San Francisco on June 24.

Truly, it's incredible how thoroughly the World Wide Web has insinuated itself into the fabric of society and how efforts to improve and extend it have helped drive computational technology.

Berners-Lee warned that giving powers to government to bypass encryption on WhatsApp and other online messaging services is "inappropriate", a "disaster" and would make parts of modern life "impossible". W3C is an global community that develops open standards to ensure the interoperability and long-term growth of the Web. "This was a significant inflection point, setting the stage for everyone in the world, from high schoolers to corporations, to build their Web presences and collectively create the wonderful World Wide Web." . He is the President of the Open Data Institute (ODI) in London. He was also honored with the knighthood in 2003. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and has received honorary degrees from a number of universities around the world, including Manchester, Harvard, and Yale.

Tuesday's award announcement by the Association for Computing Machinery marks another pinnacle for British-born Berners-Lee, who has already been knighted by the Queen and named as one of the 100 most important people in the 20th Century by Time magazine.

The computer scientist, who is credited with inventing the world wide web, was speaking after the British government called for a crackdown on encryption following last month's terror attack at the parliament in London.

"It is an honor to receive the Turing Award and to be included in such extraordinary company with the other winners".



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