Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, just won the ACM Turing Award and the $US1 million ($1.3 million) purse that comes with it. The sum seems menial for such a world-changing contribution, but seriously, Sir Tim will be fine.
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The web is a little messed up right now. Governments are spying on civilians, some block specific websites and companies like Amazon have a stranglehold on the cloud services business. But what if we could create a decentralised web, with more privacy, less government control and less corporate influence?
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 paranoia.
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 $US600 million. He must have been persuasive because the court took mere hours to reach its decision.
Happy Birthday, Interwebz! How far you've come. See, if the internet drew its first breath in the spring 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.
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.
It's confirmed: the Queen loves the Web. And we have definitive proof. Two, actually. First, Her Majesty has just awarded the Order of Merit to Sir Tim Berners-Lee. That's the most exclusive club in Britain, chaps. It's limited to 24 living members and getting that funny cross is a personal decision by The Lady herself, not advised by any institution.
I don't know what they do when they all meet, probably have tea, plumcake and watch videos of English BDSM, but when you learn that Winston Churchill and Bertrand Russell were members, you get the idea of how important this is for good ole Liz.
Second and definitive proof: we got an exclusive GizmodoShotâ„¢ of the Queen using a MacBook reading her favorite blog, right after the jump.