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Tim Berners-Lee Launches 'www Foundation' at Igf 2009

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee used the recent Internet Governance Forum to announce the launch of the World Wide Web Foundation, which he says will be an incubator for transformative programs that will advance the Web as a medium and empower people to bring positive change. Berners-Lee said the foundation will investigate and enhance social opportunities by expanding connectivity. He said the foundation is the next logical step in the Internet's progression, a process that he has led to nurture his invention.

First, Berners-Lee started the World Wide Web Consortium to ensure that the Web would scale appropriately and be adapted to fit the needs of global users in terms of standards and interoperability. Then he started exploring the science of the Web as a network through the Web Science Trust. The new initiative has been in development for some time, according to Berners-Lee, and has included input from many people involved in the Internet Governance Forum.

"When we look at the Web, we don't look at it anymore as connected computers or as connected Web pages," he says. "We look at the Web now as humanity connected. Humanity connected by technology. We want it to empower people. We want it to do the very best for humanity."

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