WWW inventor Sir Tim to speak on its future

March 18, 2014 - 4:56:39 am

Doha: World Wide Web (www) inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee (pictured) will speak on future challenges and opportunities in technology in a public talk at Qatar National Convention Centre on Sunday.

Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) is hosting the inventor who will talk about the Web’s global impact and emphasise decisions to shape its development are in society’s hands.

The lecture ‘The World Wide Web and the Next 25 Years’ will highlight why principles of integrity, openness, and individuals’ freedom to use technology unimpaired should underpin its governance. 

QCRI Executive Director Dr Ahmed K Elmagarmid said, “Sir Tim has touched the lives of most people on Earth through his invention. He is qualified to help us see the future of the Web, and how we maximise its benefits for humankind.”

“QCRI is proud to work with Sir Tim and the MIT-CSAIL team as part of our joint ongoing research that is delivering benefits for people in Qatar and beyond,”  he added.

The talk coincides with the annual meeting of QCRI and MIT-CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology) as part of a seven-year research agreement signed in 2012 to collaborate on joint research projects of benefit to Qatar.

Time magazine named Sir Time one of the 100 greatest minds of the 20th century. Queen Elizabeth of Britain knighted him for services to the global development of the Internet in 2004.

The lecture is open to the public and starts at 4.30pm. QNA

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