The inventor of the World Wide Web is an ardent opponent of reining in the internet, but his plea for openness has its caveats.
Scientific progress and world peace must be inseparable technological bedfellows, Sir Tim Berners-Lee likes to remind audiences. Ask anybody involved in web development about their basic motivations, this technology evangelist believes, “and they’ll end up back at those fundamental human desires”. Berners-Lee, an Oxford-trained scientist, is a Fellow of the UK’s prestigious Royal Society. He has picked up more international accolades than Gareth Morgan could shake a cat at, including the Japan Prize, the Prince of Asturias Foundation Prize, Finland’s Millennium Technology Prize and Germany’s Die Quadriga award. He was knighted in 2004. ...
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