Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Web founder to launch foundation

World Wide Web Foundation:
"On 14 September 2008, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. (USA), Tim Berners-Lee announced the creation of the World Wide Web Foundation in a speech before guests of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Following the speech, Alberto Ibarguen, Knight Foundation's president and CEO announced a seed grant of $5 million in support of the Web Foundation's mission."

Berners-Lee's speech and foundation press release

Worth special attention -- Berners-Lee's comments on the social aspects of the Web having been important from the beginning. In fact, I remember reading his original proposal for a networked hypertext system in the precursor of today's social nets -- the Usenet discussion group called "alt.hypertext," now browsable through Google Groups.

Thanks to David Sumner at Ball State for the link via the AEJMC magazine division mailing list.