World Wide Web father Tim Berners-Lee told politicians on Thursday that it's critical to shield his seminal innovation from control by a single company or country.
A top priority for policymakers going forward must be "making sure the Web itself is the blank sheet, the blank canvas, something that does not constrain the innovation that's around the corner," the knighted engineer told a U.S. House of Representatives panel that writes Internet and telecommunications laws.
That means ensuring anyone can use the Web regardless of what software or hardware they're running, which Internet service provider supplies their connection, which language they speak, and what disabilities they have, Berners-Lee said. He was the sole witness invited to speak at a hearing here titled "The Future of the World Wide Web," the first of a series of events designed to keep politicians up to speed on communications issues.
tim berners-lee is the director of the w3c (world wide web consortium) internet standards group. while working at the CERN European Particle Physics Laboratory in 1989, he came up with the concept of using hypertext markup language to link to documents on other computers with what is now known as a url. he developed the first web server on a NeXT computer just over 15 years ago!
[edited by: lawman at 12:35 pm (utc) on Mar. 3, 2007] [edit reason] Correct Spelling At Poster's Request [/edit]
Msg#: 3268783 posted 12:00 pm on Mar 2, 2007 (gmt 0)
Didnt he make TCP/IP work as well?
you are probably thinking of vinton cerf, who is often referred to as "the father of the internet". the internet was around for a while before the world wide web. otherwise there wouldn't have been an address to refer to when berners-lee thought of linking to documents on another computer...