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LIVE STREAM: World Wide Web turns 30 on 12 March, Tim Berners-Lee to speak

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The Web Foundation and the Science Museum in the UK are celebrating the 30th birthday of the World Wide Web, and as you'd expect, Sir Tim Berners-Lee will be at the forefront of celerbations.

Tickets to the live London event featuring Sir Tim Berners-Lee and several speakers have long since sold out, with a waiting list applying, but the live stream will be free to the world to celebrate the web's 30th birthday.

According to the Web Foundation, "Sir Tim will embark on a 30-hour journey, starting at CERN in Switzerland where he worked when he invented the web and ending in Lagos, Nigeria".

"The celebrations will kick-off at CERN on the morning of 12 March, where Sir Tim will join a great line-up of speakers to reflect on the impact the Web has had over the last 30 years. The event will be live-streamed from 8:00 am CET."

The Foundation continues, stating: "Later that day, in partnership with the Science Museum in London, we’re hosting an evening of conversation with Sir Tim who, along with other leaders in science, technology and policy, will discuss how the web has changed our lives and what we can do to protect it. The event will be live-streamed from 17:00 GMT."

The Foundation says it will be "inviting everyone to join in the celebrations by sharing their memorable web moments, good and bad, on social media", and will announce "more ways that you get involved" in the coming weeks, and asks you to "stay tuned".

Meanwhile, over at the Science Museum's website, we're told the event will be on from 5pm to 7.15pm London time, and states: "Join us for this free event, where Rachel Riley will be joined by a stellar line of up of speakers to discuss how the web has shaped their lives and how to tackle the challenges facing the web today.

"Speaking on the evening will be: 

  • Matt Brittin – president, EMEA Business & Operations at Google.
  • Roya Mahboob – The NewNow Leader, Tech Entrepreneur & Women’s Rights Activist.
  • Taylor Wilson – The NewNow Leader, Nuclear Physicist, Science Advocate & Inventor.
  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee in conversation with BBC journalist Samira Ahmed.

We're reminded that "this a unique opportunity to hear from Sir Tim about the last 30 years of the Web and what governments, companies and all of us as citizens need to do to make sure the web is protected for future generations".

"The Science Museum is the current home to the original NeXT Computer used by Tim Berners-Lee to design the World Wide Web in 1990 at CERN, which kindly loaned it to the Science Museum in 2014."

We're also reminded that "The World Wide Web Foundation was established in 2009 by Sir Tim Berners-Lee to advance the open web as a public good and a basic right. They are an independent, international organisation fighting for a world where everyone can access the web and use it to improve their lives".

So, the Web will turn 30 next month, there'll be a free stream to watch (and presumably which will be made available to watch on-demand later) with the past, present and future of the web no doubt up for some fascinating discussion – as will what the Web might look like in 2049, or 30 years hence!

More information at the Web Foundation here and the Science Museum here


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