Sir Tim Berners-Lee launches research initiative into the future of the web

Sir Tim Berners-Lee - the inventor of the worldwide web - has helped to set up the first organisation to study the impact it is having on the world and its future direction.

The Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) is a joint effort between the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in America and the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton in the UK.

It is the result of a partnership between the UK̵7;s National Endowment of Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who first conceived the idea of the worldwide web.

Sir Tim was one of several leading figures, which also included the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Bob Geldof, to discuss the profound effects on the world of his invention in front of an audience of thousands at NESTA̵7;s Innovation Edge conference in London.

̶0;Sir Tim Berners-Lee is one of Britain̵7;s most illustrious innovators and the person behind one of the most powerful new ideas the world has seen. This is an exciting project and it is fitting that it be announced at NESTA̵7;s annual conference, the largest ever gathering of innovative minds in the UK,̶1; said NESTA CEO Jonathan Kestenbaum.

Sir Tim said the WSRI would look at the future direction, design and potential of the Web. The initiative will promote collaborative study of the Web across disciplines, provide a global forum to look at the factors driving its growth and help to train future generations of Web scientists.

The WSRI will also research generic issues that could undermine the Web̵7;s development, such as spam, security and privacy issues.

Image: Sir Tim Berners-Lee at the Innovation Edge conference

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