The Internet at 30: Web Inventor; Tim Berners-Lee Visits Nigeria

The founder of the World Wide Wibe, Tim Berners Lee, visited Nigeria on Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary celebration of the Internet.

Mr. Lee is a computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web in 1989,  he is presently a professor of computer science at the University of Oxford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sir Tim founded the Web while at he European Organization for Nuclear Research,(CERN), the European Particle Physics Laboratory, however, he wrote the first web client and server in 1990.

The Established English Engineer took a thirty-hour flight just to interact with the tech community in Nigeria. In Lagos, Sir Lee interacted tech-oriented Nigerians, where he explained that his drive for the invention of the WWW came from the vacuum to connect the world’s population using innovation and technology.

He stated that the Internet should be seen as a fundamental Human Right, even as it changes lives around us. Reports by the International Telecommunication Union indicates that about 51 percent of the world’s population is currently on the web, that is about 3.57 billion people.

Nigeria’s Former Minister of ICT, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, who was present at the event.  The minister who served under President Goodluck Jonathan, said suggested ways to get more women engaged with technology.

“There has got to be a deliberate effort to get women to not be afraid of technology,” Mrs. Johnson is quoted as saying.

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