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Ask web inventor Berners-Lee a question

24 Jan 13

World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee is set to speak in Wellington next month, with the public offered the chance to ask him questions.

Revealed on Techday earlier this month, during his 10-day TBL Down Under tour starting January 30, Berners-Lee will speak in Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and the Gold Coast.

British-born Sir Tim invented the World Wide Web, running the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet in December 1990.

People are invited to submit any burning questions for the Web's inventor during the discussion, which will also look at subjects such as Internet censorship; copyright protection; the Semantic Web and predictions for how the Internet will evolve in future.

“It’s not just that he invented the World Wide Web, which makes the Internet so easy to use, but that he made this idea freely available, a decision which has led to its ubiquity,” says Simon Hackett, instrumental in introducing the internet to Australia.

“It’s really exciting to explore Sir Tim’s views about how the Web has developed since those early days, the challenges that we currently face - including the vexed topic of copyright protection and freedom of information - and how he sees the Internet evolving in coming years.”

To suggest questions for Sir Tim, click here

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