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The Man Who Invented the World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee, who recently received computing’s highest honor, talks about the past, present, and future of the Web.

In 1989 Tim Berners-Lee, a programmer at the physics laboratory CERN, proposed a system that would allow computers to publish and access linked documents and multimedia over the Internet. Today, the world runs on the Web. Berners-Lee was recently given the ACM Turing Award, considered something like the Nobel of computer science. He talked with MIT Technology Review’s Tom Simonite about why he invented the Web, why Web access is a human right, and how his creation could be improved.

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