kencraggs (kencraggs) wrote,

Governments gave us the web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee may have invented the World-Wide-Web software, but this 1993 press release shows that the software for the World-Wide-Web belonged to CERN. Page 2 of the document states that, "CERN relinquishes all intellectual property rights to this code, both source and binary form and permission is granted for anyone to use, duplicate, modify and redistribute it."

It was actually governments that gave the World-Wide-Web to us for free, not Tim Berners-LeeCERN is an inter-governmental research facility founded by 12 countries in Western Europe and hosts some 10,000 visiting scientists and engineers, representing 608 universities & research facilities and 113 nationalities.

In this Guardian article, Sir Tim Berners-Lee urges the UK government to stop the snooping bill. Sir Tim Berners-Lee both founded and is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which develops interoperable technologies. Both W3C & the IETF are producing the specifications and standards that will enable objects/devices to be interoperable, snoop on people, and communicate/share that data/info.

If Sir Tim Berners-Lee is so passionate about keeping the web ‘open’, would he really name a software tool he put together the ‘Closed World Machine’ ?

Government Researchers also invented the Internet.

Further reading.

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Ken Craggs

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