Berners-Lee wins Freedom of IT award


Berners-Lee wins Freedom of IT award

John Riley

Tim Berners-Lee last week received the "Freedom of the Information Technologists" award from the Information Technologists' Company, a City of London livery company.

The award was made not only to recognise his inventing the World Wide Web, but also for putting social responsibility at the heart of the web's development.

Speaking in London, Berners-Lee said, "I feel honoured to be given an award by a Company whose members do so much to bring the benefits of technology into the lives of the disadvantaged.

“In my view, the power of the web is in its universality. Access by everyone, regardless of disability, is an essential aspect of this. I am very pleased to see the Information Technologists’ Company spreading a similar message for technology as a whole through its work with schools and charities.

“I firmly believe it is the task of scientists and technologists to be aware of, and be responsible for, the social implications of their work,” he continued.

“The Information Technologists’ Company demonstrates how this principle can be put into practice for the good of the needy and underprivileged.”

John Leighfield, a former IT Director of British Leyland and Master of the Information Technologists’ Company said, “Our Company has great admiration for Tim’s work, not just in inventing the web but for all he has since done, through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), to put the concept of social responsibility at the heart of its ongoing development. We are delighted to present him with this award.”

The Information Technologists' Company, formerly known as the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, comprises 650 senior IT professionals who promote the IT profession and initiate a range of charitable and educational activities.

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