Inventor of the Web to deliver public lecture in Wellington

16 Jan 2013

InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is pleased to announce that later this month the inventor of the World Wide Web – Sir Tim Berners-Lee – will visit Wellington to deliver a public lecture exploring the benefits of an open and uncaptureable Internet. 

Proudly hosted by InternetNZ as part of Berner-Lee’s ‘TBL Down Under Tour’ (http://tbldownunder.org), the lecture will take place at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa at 5.30pm on Wednesday 30 January.

Registrations for the public lecture can be made at http://openinternetlecture.eventbrite.co.nz. Spaces are strictly limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s lecture will focus on the social, economic and innovation opportunities of the Internet. Through the story of his invention of the World Wide Web, he will explain why the Internet needs openness to deliver these opportunities. The lecture will deliver a powerful message: the value of the Open Internet and why it matters for New Zealand and the world.

The Government Chief Information Officer, Colin MacDonald, is a sponsor of the visit which will include meetings with senior government Ministers and officials including those working on the government’s aim for New Zealanders  to  complete their transactions with the Government easily in a digital environment. Berners-Lee will also be honoured with a traditional formal powhiri as part of this extremely important visit to New Zealand.

Berners-Lee is a globally-recognised and esteemed member of the Internet community, having invented the World Wide Web – an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing – while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory.

He is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium, a Web standards organisation founded in 1994 which develops interoperable technologies to lead the Web to its full potential, and is a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.

InternetNZ Community and Collaboration Lead Ellen Strickland says Berners-Lee’s contribution to the development of the Internet has been far-reaching, describing him as a pivotal figure in sparking the Internet revolution.   

“The World Wide Web is a key Internet application and one of the most important inventions in the history of human communications. Since its development in 1990 the Web has grown exponentially and is now an inextricable part of most peoples lives,” she says. 

“Sir Tim continues to champion the development of the Web, focusing on making data more open and accessible and working to counter threats to the openness of the Internet.

“InternetNZ encourages all those with an interest in the Web and the open Internet to attend this rare public lecture and hear from Berners-Lee in-person.”   

Media interested in securing a media pass for the public lecture are asked to email office@internetnz.net.nz.

For more information contact:

Ellen Strickland
Community & Collaboration Lead
InternetNZ
ellen@internetnz.net.nz
021 261 6094

Or

Campbell Gardiner
Communications Lead
InternetNZ
campbell@internetnz.net.nz
04 495 2332

 

About InternetNZ:
InternetNZ (Internet New Zealand Inc) is the non-profit open membership organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the Internet in New Zealand and fostering a coordinated, cooperative approach to its ongoing development.

The primary objective of InternetNZ is “high performance and unfettered access for all” so the Internet continues to operate in an open environment that cannot be captured by any entity or individual for their own ends.
   
About Sir Tim Berners-Lee:
A graduate of Oxford University, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URLs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

He is the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he also heads the Decentralized Information Group (DIG). He is also a Professor in the Electronics and Computer Science Department at the University of Southampton, UK.

He is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a Web standards organization founded in 1994 which develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. He was a Director of the Web Science Trust (WST) launched in 2009 to promote research and education in Web Science, the multidisciplinary study of humanity connected by technology.

Tim is a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, launched in 2009 to coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.
He has promoted open government data globally and is a member of the UK’s Transparency Board.

In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has been the recipient of several international awards including the Japan Prize, the Prince of Asturias Foundation Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize and Germany’s Die Quadriga award. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. In 2009 he was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of “Weaving the Web“.

About the Down Under Tour:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, is coming to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in over 15 years. This is a unique opportunity to hear from someone who has been involved in the shaping of the Web since the beginning and to learn about the history of the world's most important asset and disruption.

Please see http://tbldownunder.org for all the latest information on the full tour.
 
An enormous thank you to the sponsors who have made this tour possible. This tour is presented by iinet, with additional support from the Australian Computer Society. CSIRO, the University of NSW, the University of Melbourne, the University of Technology Sydney, NICTA, the City of Sydney, the Gold Coast City Council, Google, InternetNZ and with support from dLUX & Partner&Prosper.