Sir Tim Berners-Lee – the inventor of the World Wide Web – has won a Turing Award. The Turing Award is also known as the “Nobel Prize for Computing” by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
The award is present annually by the ACM to individuals who made “major contributions of lasting importance to computing.”. It is named in honour of British mathematician and scientists Alan Turning.
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has honoured Tim Berners-Lee, father of the Internet, with Turning Award, which also includes $1 million, who is known for inventing World Wide Web.
ACM President Vicki L. Hanson said in a statement,“The first-ever World Wide Web site went online in 1991. Although this doesn’t seem that long ago, it is hard to imagine the world before Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention,”
Sir Berners-Lee said on receiving the award,”I’m humbled to receive the namesake award of a computing pioneer who showed that what a programmer could do with a computer is limited only by the programmer themselves,”.
Britain-born Berners-Lee, who was honoured with a knighthood in 2003, contribution “significant and lasting” in 1980 while working at CERN, as a way to allow scientists share information across the world at the European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Berner-Lee created the world’s first Web browser, called WorldWideWeb, which allowed users to view and change pages on the Web.
His contribution to the creation of a naming scheme (URIs), a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), a communications protocol (HTTP) and a language for web pages (HTML). He also coded the first browser using open-source.
Sir Berners-Lee initially proposed the idea for a worldwide network of the computer sharing information in 1989, while he was working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Sir Berners-Lee is now a professor at MIT and oxford and also the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)- an organisation which set standards for the development of the web as well as the World Wide Web Foundation, which aims to establish open web for public.
The web has now become the world most powerful platform for communications, for sharing knowledge, and trade, but the creator is still not happy with all the use of Internet now,
Sir Berners-Lee said in a statement quoted in New York Times,”Today, the Web “controls what people see, creates mechanisms for how people interact,”.
“It is been great, but spying, blocking sites, repurposing people’s content, taking you to the wrong websites that completely undermines the spirit of helping people create.”
“The web is already decentralised,” he said. “The problem is the dominance of one search engine, one big social network, one Twitter for microblogging. We do not have a technology problem; we have a social problem.”
Sir Berners-Lee is looking to decentralise the whole Web. It’s still a question that whether the Internet needs decentralising.