Feeds

Godfather of Web awarded €1m

Finnish honour for Tim Berners-Lee

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Tim Berners-Lee, the man whose hypertext programme paved the way for the beast they call the Web, has been honoured with an award of €1m.

Sir Tim - as he is now known since his 2003 knighthood - will pick up a cheque from the Finnish Technology Award Foundation which has named the British boffin the first recipient for its biennial Millennium Technology Prize.

Pekka Tarjanne, chairman of the prize's award committee, said: "The web has significantly enhanced many people's ability to obtain information central to their lives. The web is encouraging new types of social networks, supporting transparency and democracy, and opening up novel avenues for information management and business development."

It was while working at Cern in Geneva during the early 1990s that Berners-Lee first developed a way to organise Net pages. To his credit, he never tried to gain personally from the system, preferring instead to develop the "World Wide Web" as a "channel for free expression and collaboration".

The pioneering academic currently heads the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) from his base at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ®

Related links

The Finnish Technology Award Foundation
The Millennium Technology Prize
Tim Berners-Lee biog

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.