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            Tim Berners-Lee

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British inventor of the World Wide Web

Born in London in 1955

Read physics at Queen's College, Oxford

Banned from using university PC for hacking

Built own computer with old TV, a Motorola microprocessor and soldering iron

Created web in late 1980s and early 1990s at Cern

Offered it free on the net

Founded World Wide Web Consortium at MIT in 1994

Named by Time magazine as one of the top 20 thinkers of the 20th century

Knighted in 2003

  Sir Tim created his hypertext program while he was at the particle physics institute, Cern, in Geneva.  The computer code he came up with let scientists easily share research findings across a computer network. In the early 1990s, it was dubbed the "world wide web", and is still the basis of the web as we know it. The famously modest man never went on to commercialise his work. Instead he worked on expanding the use of the net as a channel for free expression and collaboration.

Web inventor warns of 'dark' net

By Jonathan Fildes

BBC News science and technology reporter in Edinburgh 

The web should remain neutral and resist attempts to fragment it into different services, web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has said.

Recent attempts in the US to try to charge for different levels of online access web were not "part of the internet model," he said in Edinburgh.

He warned that if the US decided to go ahead with a two-tier internet, the network would enter "a dark period".

Sir Tim was speaking at the start of a conference on the future of the web.

"What's very important from my point of view is that there is one web," he said.

"Anyone that tries to chop it into two will find that their piece looks very boring."

The World Wide Web Consortium, of which Sir Tim is the director, believes in an open model.

This is based on the concept of network neutrality, where everyone has the same level of access to the web and that all data moving around the web is treated equally.

This view is backed by companies like Microsoft and Google, who have called for legislation to be introduced to guarantee net neutrality.

The first steps towards this were taken last week when members of the US House of Representatives introduced a net neutrality bill.

But telecoms companies in the US do not agree. They would like to implement a two-tier system, where data from companies or institutions that can pay are given priority over those that cannot.

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