Berners-Lee launches WWW Foundation to promote free and open access to web

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has founded the World Wide Web Foundation to promote free and open access.

Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee has founded the World Wide Web Foundation to promote free and open access.

"Through research, technology development and the application of the web for the benefit of under-served communities, the Foundation seeks to enable all people to share knowledge, access services, conduct commerce, participate in good governance, and communicate in creative ways," says the Foundation's mission statement.

The Foundation will raise funds "through a multi-faceted strategy", beginning with a £2.5m seed grant over five years from the John S and James L Knight Foundation. This Foundation "promotes journalism excellence worldwide".

"The Web is a tremendous platform for innovation, but we face a number of challenges to making it more useful, in particular to people in under-served communities," said Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), and co-director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI).

"Through this new initiative, we hope to develop an international eco-system that will help shape the future web. A more inclusive web will benefit us all," said Berners-Lee.

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