“Father Of The Web” Tim Berners-Lee Comes Out Against SOPA / PIPA

By: Shaylin Clark - January 20, 2012

The inventor of the World Wide Web has come out against SOPA and PIPA. British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who created the World Wide Web in 1989, called the legislation a violation of human rights and urged Americans to contact their legislators and express their opposition.

Speaking at the IBM Lotusphere conference in Florida the day after the SOPA Blackout, Berners-Lee said that SOPA and PIPA “have not been put together to respect human rights as is appropriate to a democractic country.”

In 1989 Berners-Lee, who was knighted in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth II, wrote a proposal that suggested the interlinking of various fledgling technologies – including hypertext, the domain name system, and the internet – to create the World Wide Web. The project was accepted by CERN in 1990 and in 1991 the first website, info.cern.ch, was put online. Berners-Lee went on to found the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which manages the continued development of the Web.

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  • Raymond Van Valkenburg

    He’s not the “father of the web”. He did not invent the web. He came up with the hypertext language and protocol or HTTP. That’s it. The web was around way before that.


    • easytiger

      Yes he is. Sir Tim Berners-Lee rocks!!