Estonia awards inventor of World Wide Web ({{commentsTotal}})

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves will award Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, with the Estonian Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana in New York.

President Ilves will depart on a working visit to the US on Wednesday, where he is due to give a speech at the United Nations General Assembly and talk about Estonian e-solutions and development at the panel discussion organized by Estonia, the US, World Bank and World Economic Forum. He will also take part in the security debate at the New York University, which will be moderated by security expert Mark Galeotti.

In New York, Ilves will decorate Sir Timothy Berners-Lee with The Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana (I class). The medal was instituted in 1995 to honour the independence of the Estonian state. The Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, comprising six classes, is bestowed by Estonian President on foreigners who have rendered special services to Estonia.

Bernes-Lee is known as the inventor of the World Wide Web. He made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989 and he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet in the same year.

Englishman Berners-Lee, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004, is still the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees the Web's continued development. He is also the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation.

Estonian president will also travel to California, where he will have a public discussion on the security situation in the world and on a role that the technology plays in modern democracy, with an American political scientist and writer Francis Fukuyama at the Stanford University in Silicon Valley.

While in California, the president will visit a startup event called “Startup Europe Comes to Silicon Valley”, which will take place at the Apple’s headquarters.

Editor: S. Tambur