Tim Berners-Lee (Author of Weaving the Web)Sir Timothy John Tim Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, DFBCS (born 8 June 1955), also known as TimBL, is a British computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989, and he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet sometime around mid November.
Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the Webs continued development. He is also the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation, and is a senior researcher and holder of the Founders Chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He is a director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), and a member of the advisory board of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.
In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted for his pioneering work. In April 2009, he was elected a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences. He was honoured as the Inventor of the World Wide Web during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, in which he appeared in person, working with a vintage NeXT Computer at the London Olympic Stadium. He tweeted This is for everyone, which instantly was spelled out in LCD lights attached to the chairs of the 80,000 people in the audience.
In June 2009 then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Berners-Lee would work with the UK Government to help make data more open and accessible on the Web, building on the work of the Power of Information Task Force. Berners-Lee and Professor Nigel Shadbolt are the two key figures behind data.gov.uk, a UK Government project to open up almost all data acquired for official purposes for free re-use. Commenting on the opening up of Ordnance Survey data in April 2010 Berners-Lee said that: The changes signal a wider cultural change in Government based on an assumption that information should be in the public domain unless there is a good reason not to—not the other way around. He went on to say Greater openness, accountability and transparency in Government will give people greater choice and make it easier for individuals to get more directly involved in issues that matter to them.
In November 2009, Berners-Lee launched the World Wide Web Foundation in order to Advance the Web to empower humanity by launching transformative programs that build local capacity to leverage the Web as a medium for positive change.
Berners-Lee is one of the pioneer voices in favour of Net Neutrality, and has expressed the view that ISPs should supply connectivity with no strings attached, and should neither control nor monitor customers browsing activities without their expressed consent. He advocates the idea that net neutrality is a kind of human network right: Threats to the Internet, such as companies or governments that interfere with or snoop on Internet traffic, compromise basic human network rights.
Berners-Lee joined the board of advisors of start-up State.com, based in London.
As of May 2012, Berners-Lee is President of the Open Data Institute.
The Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) was launched in October 2013 and Berners-Lee is leading the coalition of public and private organisations that includes Google, Facebook, Intel and Microsoft. The A4AI seeks to make Internet access more affordable so that access is broadened in the developing world, where only 31% of people are online. Berners-Lee will help to decrease internet access prices so that they fall below the UN Broadband Commissions worldwide target of 5% of monthly income.
John Howe Fantasy Art Workshop
Currently in stock. John Howe is one of the world's most renowned fantasy artists and particularly for his work with JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit illustration. He is an active member of the worldwide Tolkien and fantasy art communities. This book is a fabulous practical fantasy art course that completely demystifies the drawing and sketching techniques of master fantasy artist John Howe. Learn from John Howe the basics of fantasy drawing as the LoR and Hobbit artist reveals the secrets behind choosing the best materials and even the correct methods for holding and using pencils.
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