Tim Berners-Lee

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  • Inventor of the World Wide Web
  • Leader & Visionary in the Future of Technology
  • One of TIME Magazine's "Top 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century"
  • President and Founder, Open Data Institute

Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” one of the UK’s "100 Greatest Britons,” and one of the world's "Most Influential Thinkers,” Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the most powerful communication medium in the world — the World Wide Web — and gave it to the world for free.   It is no exaggeration to say that his visionary work has transformed every aspect of our lives.  Sir Tim’s genius is in understanding the next, new unimagined future and practical consequences for business, technology and healthcare and how it will transform the way we live and work, the way we govern, heal our bodies and much, much more.  In his speeches, Sir Tim shares his insights about the future of tech with audiences who learn how to apply new technologies now for competitive advantage or thoughtful consideration about the future we want to create

 
  

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Sir Tim was incredible and really well received both during the CIO roundtable and the keynote ... he totally wowed the crowd. Our keynote theatre was far too small and we ended up streaming his session live to the 21 other theatres on the show floor ... my estimate is 1,500 attendees. Frankly, he’s the perfect keynoter for a show like IP EXPO and his participation gave us a huge amount of coverage. My only challenge following the keynote is the volume of internal and external questions saying how the heck was I going to follow up from that in 2015!

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  • Ernst & Young
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  • The Champalimaud Foundation
  • Mastercard International
  • National Association of Pension Funds
  • NBC Universal International Limited
  • Standard Life Investments
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A Look Ahead Into the Future of Tech

When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, he saw a future no one else could have imagined and changed our lives forever.  Now he is looking ahead to our next, new un-imagined future.  What does that look like? What will it mean for your business and our society?  Sir Tim takes his audien ...

When Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, he saw a future no one else could have imagined and changed our lives forever.  Now he is looking ahead to our next, new un-imagined future.  What does that look like? What will it mean for your business and our society?  Sir Tim takes his audiences beyond the technology itself, for example - The Internet of Things, Future of Artificial Intelligence, The Next Web Paradigm Shift, The Power of Data, Impact of Security and Privacy on the Web and  business and into the real transformative impact these technologies are having and will have in the years ahead.

Bold, New Tech Strategies for Business

Just to survive, every business needs to quickly adopt and adapt to changing technology. But to leapfrog over the competition, businesses need to use new technology as a source of innovation. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is an authority on tech innovation and how businesses c ...

Just to survive, every business needs to quickly adopt and adapt to changing technology. But to leapfrog over the competition, businesses need to use new technology as a source of innovation. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, is an authority on tech innovation and how businesses can harness it for competitive advantage. In this speech, the tech futurist and guru offers insight into business strategies to innovate the way companies invest, connect with consumers better and faster, manage global projects, and use big data to make bold decisions. Sir Tim helps businesses think through how existing tech strategy will change as the next 3 billion users come on line, and the resulting changes in social media and market connectedness. Just as he did when he created the Web from a blank canvas, Sir Tim  discusses the importance of innovation and creativity in a digital world. He also outlines how to embrace the Internet of Things and AI, corporate responsibility for cybersecurity, the role of the effective CTO, and the Board of Directors' responsibilities to minimize risk while maximizing digital strategic opportunity and opens up thinking with his visionary ideas on the potential markets of the future of tech.

The Future of the Web

Twenty-five years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. It has changed the world in ways we could have never have imagined in Business, Education, and Government. The way we buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate has been transformed. The Web ...

Twenty-five years ago, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. It has changed the world in ways we could have never have imagined in Business, Education, and Government. The way we buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate has been transformed. The Web has advanced medical research, helped solve complex health problems and advanced the pursuit of freedom and democracy. More recently the Web has moved from Web of documents to a Web of data moving us faster forward. How will the future of the Web impact existing strategies and vision? Where are the threats and opportunities in the Web that awaits us? Sir Tim discusses how he conceived and developed the Web, and details what’s next on the horizon for the Web we know today. 

Security and the Web of Things

With leadership, society and security as themes, Web security is a constant battle. The broader tech community is in a time of an out-and-out battle between attackers and defenders.  How does society assure that the same open platform of the Web will continue? The Internet of things is interesting f ...

With leadership, society and security as themes, Web security is a constant battle. The broader tech community is in a time of an out-and-out battle between attackers and defenders.  How does society assure that the same open platform of the Web will continue? The Internet of things is interesting for the future of the Web and of business. The Web of Data includes everything from bank statements, to fitness apps to mapping.  Privacy, authenticity and access control centralization will become key areas for businesses. There is a decision to be made to what extent this Web we create will be interoperable.  Linking information across a company is hard enough. What happens when everything you buy becomes related?  Standards and the ways companies are connecting turbines or smart watches all will hinge on the interoperability of standards.  Distributed applications will impact the commercial world. Companies need information to make decisions on how to support business for the future. 

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<p>An Evening for Sir Tim Berners-Lee held in honor of World Wide Web inventor</p>

An Evening for Sir Tim Berners-Lee held in honor of World Wide Web inventor

Sir Tim Berners Lee was awarded the prestigious Axel Springer Award for his invention of the World Wide Web at an event held in his honor and attended by top representatives from media, politics, business, culture and science in Berlin. Awarded annually to an individual that has demonstrated an exceptional talent for innovation, has transformed markets and shaped culture, the Axel Springer Award is given to truly outstanding figures and Sir Tim is the second-ever recipient. At Sir Tim’s request, the focus of the evening’s celebration was on meaningful dialogue between attendees, all of whom highlighted the multi-faceted and far-reaching influence of Sir Tim’s invention. In his welcoming remarks, the CEO of Axel Springer SE said:  “After speech, writing and printing, the World Wide Web is the fourth blessing in communication for humanity. The fact that we use it at all is thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee. His contribution to the spread of knowledge that people can share with one another is a gift of incalculable value. That is why it is even more remarkable that today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee points out several critical developments.”

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<p>Sir Tim Berners-Lee Wins the Prestigious Turing Award</p>

Sir Tim Berners-Lee Wins the Prestigious Turing Award

The Association for Computing Machinery has awarded inventor of the World Wide Web Sir TIM BERNERS-LEE the prestigious Turing Award, known as the “Nobel Prize” of the computing industry. Awarded annually to an individual who made “major contributions of lasting importance to computing,” the Turing Award “marks another pinnacle” for Sir Tim, who has also been Knighted by Queen Elizabeth and named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century.”  The announcement of Sir Tim as the Turing recipient made headlines from Forbes and CBS to TechCrunch and Wired, and also resulted in an interview with The Guardian where Sir Tim addressed concerns about the future of the internet and the protection of individuals’ privacy. As Sir Tim told the Associated Press of the award: “It’s a crowning achievement. But I think the award is for the Web as a project, and the massive international collaborative spirit of all that have joined me to help.”

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<p>Documentary brings Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the internet to life</p>
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Documentary brings Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the internet to life

 

Though the internet may be the most revolutionary and widely-used invention of the 21st century, the story of its birth at the hands of visionary TIM BERNERS-LEE is a lesser-known tale. The documentary Foreveryone.net seeks to change this, diving into the origins of Tim Berner-Lee’s transformative invention and his call to make “internet access a human right.” A brilliant mind and staunch advocate for increased connectivity in populations without internet access and an “online magna carta” to protect privacy and free speech, Tim Berners-Lee is at the heart of the documentary that already sparked excited conversation during its highly-anticipated Sundance Film Festival screening. With the myriad uses of the internet still advancing at breakneck speeds, Foreveryone.net is a crucial examination of the World Wide Web’s future from the man most qualified to offer up analysis.  

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<p>Tim Berners-Lee awarded prestigious Innovation Award at Global Financial Leadership Conference </p>

Tim Berners-Lee awarded prestigious Innovation Award at Global Financial Leadership Conference 

Internationally-recognized pioneer and inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee was the 12th recipient of the prestigious Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award, presented at the esteemed Global Financial Leadership Conference. An award that represents the signature program of the Chicago Market Exchange (CME) Group’s Center for Innovation—a center that creates and sponsors original programming that shapes both the public and private sectors— the Innovation Award celebrates innovation that transforms society, improving the economic well-being of individuals, industries and nations. As Co-Founder of the award Leo Melamed said, “The value of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention is impossible to describe or to measure… It literally enabled all the people on Planet Earth to be connected. It is difficult to find a greater achievement.” Presented during the CME Group’s high-profile Global Financial Leadership Conference attended by the top executives of the financial industry, the Innovation Award recipient is selected by a council comprised of Nobel Laureates and professors from the top schools in the United States. "I am honored to receive the 2016 CME Melamed-Arditti Innovation Award," Berners-Lee said. "The web was designed as a means of sharing information. Let us all continue to encourage the use of technology to foster creativity, innovation, positive connection and democracy for all." During the conference Berners-Lee also delivered a spellbinding speech on the value of open data and applying artificial intelligence to business.  

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<p><strong><span><em>Wall Street Journal Trailblazer</em>, Tim Berners-Lee Shares Where Groundbreaking Innovation Comes From  </span></strong></p>

Wall Street Journal Trailblazer, Tim Berners-Lee Shares Where Groundbreaking Innovation Comes From  

When the Wall Street Journal sought to interview, “pioneers in science, medicine, and technology”— people deemed “trailblazers”— TIM BERNERS-LEE, inventor of the World Wide Web, was a natural choice. Included in TIME’s list of “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” Berners-Lee revolutionized the way the world communicates, paving the way for future technological advances for generations to come. In the WSJ Trailblazers Video Series Berners-Lee reveals how innovation is subconsciously part of our everyday thinking, the power of basing new, groundbreaking ideas in existing technologies, and how to inspire innovation in the next generation— they are messages he has shared with rapt audiences worldwide.   

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<p>How Can the Web Be Improved?</p>

How Can the Web Be Improved?

Founder of the World Wide Web SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE attended the Decentralized Web Summit where he and other computer scientists brainstormed newer technologies to create a web with more privacy and less government control, as well as ways of storing scientific data without having to pay storage fees to companies like Amazon, Dropbox or Google. In this New York Times article, Mr. Berners-Lee states, “The web is already decentralized. The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for microblogging. We don’t have a technology problem, we have a social problem.” 

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<p>Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Star of New Short Film by Oscar Winning Director </p>

Web Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Star of New Short Film by Oscar Winning Director 

Very few people know the origin tale of what inspired SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE to create the most powerful communication tool of our time, but now light will be shed in a new short film by Oscar-Winning Director Jessica Yu, entitled ForEveryone.net. Backed by the Ford Foundation, the documentary traces Sir Tim's story and the present-day issues in the digital age. Sir Tim and Miss Yu were at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and the film received glowing reviews. 

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<p>Sir Tim Answers Q's on Reddit AMA</p>

Sir Tim Answers Q's on Reddit AMA

From questions about net neutrality, to the future of the web and what his favorite thing is beyond the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee answers audience q's on Reddit AMA.

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<p><span>What is the Future of Technology?</span></p>

What is the Future of Technology?

SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE delivered an engaging keynote speech at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity about Artificial Intelligence.  Sir Tim has the distinction of inventing the World Wide Web, yet he is primarily a leader on the future of technology. It is interesting that he gave these remarks to a room full of professionals whose industry balances between art and science, and painted the future picture of what advertising and marketing look like if AI machines take over - but will they?  

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<p>Yale Honors Sir Tim Berners-Lee for Changing the Way We Live</p>

Yale Honors Sir Tim Berners-Lee for Changing the Way We Live

Yale awards SIR TIM BERNERS-LEE an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering & Technology, citing: "As the creator of the World Wide Web, you have transformed our global village, revolutionized the flow of knowledge, and changed the way we live. Generous with your genius, you shared your invention without restrictions or royalties. By conceiving hypertext protocols for the Internet, you put the power of computing in the hands of almost anyone, with the goal of making the Web a universal medium. You have democratized access to information, and in so doing, have made the sum of human knowledge greater than its separate parts. You have woven the web that connects us all, and we are honored to name you Doctor of Engineering and Technology."

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Biography

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working as a software engineer at CERN, the large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. With many scientists participating in experiments at CERN and returning to their laboratories around the world, these scientists were eager to exchange data and results but had difficulties doing so. Sir Tim understood this need, and understood the unrealized potential of millions of computers connected together through the Internet.

Sir Tim documented what was to become the World Wide Web with the submission of a proposal specifying a set of technologies that would make the Internet truly accessible and useful to people. Despite initial setbacks and with perseverance, by October of 1990, he had specified the three fundamental technologies that remain the foundation of today’s Web (and which you may have seen appear on parts of your Web browser): HTML, URL, and HTTP.

He also wrote the first Web page editor/browser (“WorldWideWeb”) and the first Web server (“?httpd“). By the end of 1990, the first Web page was served. By 1991, people outside of ?CERN joined the new Web community, and in April 1993, CERN announced that the World Wide Web technology would be available for anyone to use on a royalty-free basis.

Since that time, the Web has changed the world, arguably becoming the most powerful communication medium the world has ever known. Whereas only roughly one-third of the people on the planet are currently using the Web (and the Web Foundation aims to accelerate this growth substantially), the Web has fundamentally altered the way we teach and learn, buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate, meet and love, and tackle problems ranging from putting food on our tables to curing cancer.

In 2007, Sir Tim recognized that the Web’s potential to empower people to bring about positive change remained unrealized by billions around the world. Announcing the formation of the World Wide Web Foundation, he once again confirmed his commitment to ensuring an open, free Web accessible and meaningful to all where people can share knowledge, access services, conduct commerce, participate in good governance and communicate in creative ways.

A graduate of Oxford University, Sir Tim teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering and in a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at CSAIL. He is a professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK, Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and author of Weaving the Web and many other publications.