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Friday, April 16, 2004

Tim Berners-Lee wins the Millennium Technology Prize

Tim Berners-Lee is the winner of the inaugural Millennium Technology Prize from the Finnish Technology Award Foundation. The prize of one million Euros goes to the inventor of the world wide web who put his invention into the public domain and never tried to profit from it. Congratulations to Tim Berners-Lee and kudos to the Finnish award foundation for an inspired choice. More coverage.

(PS: Berners-Lee invented the web, not the internet. We know that there were open-access initiatives on the pre-web internet. But it should be just as clear that open access blossomed on the web and owes much of its feasibility and current appeal to this revolutionary, royalty-free technology.)