Tim Berners LeeJust a quarter of a century since the birth of the World Wide Web, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) has invited its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to deliver a public talk on Sunday 23 March 2014 at  4:30 pm at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

Speaking about the global impact made by the Web, Sir Tim will talk about about future challenges and opportunities facing the technology and emphasise that the decisions to shape its development in a positive direction lie firmly within society’s hands.

Executive Director of QCRI, Dr Ahmed K Elmagarmid, said:

Tim has single-handedly touched the lives of most people on earth through his invention of the World Wide Web. He is uniquely qualified to help us see the future of the Web, and how we maximise its benefits for humankind. QCRI is proud to be working with Sir Tim and the MIT-CSAIL team as part of our joint on-going research that is delivering benefits for people in Qatar and beyond.’

The lecture, which is titled ‘the World Wide Web and the Next 25 Years’, will also highlight why principles of integrity, openness, and individuals’ freedom to use technology unimpaired should underpin its governance.

Sir Tim will discuss how he believes the World Wide Web can maximise its benefit to humanity by using its power to promote scientific collaboration to solve major problems, apply democratic and rational principles of governance, and build understanding and empathy across national and cultural borders.

Open to the pubic, the lecture coincides with the Annual Meeting between QCRI and MIT-CSAIL (the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology), as part of the seven-year strategic research agreement signed in 2012 between QCRI and MIT-CSAIL to collaborate on joint research projects of benefit to Qatar.

The Annual Meeting on 23 and 24 March 2014 in Doha brings QCRI and MIT-CSAIL experts together to discuss their joint research in five key areas: cyber security, speech and language processing, data management for social computing, advanced analytics and visualisation in sports, and data integration. Sir Tim will participate in the executive overview session on ‘data management for social computing’.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989, and his later specifications for URIs, HTTP and HTML have served as the basis for the global spread of Web technology. Today, he is the 3Com Founders Professor of Engineering in the School of Engineering at MIT with a joint appointment at CSAIL.

He was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 greatest minds of the 20th century, and knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for services to the global development of the Internet in 2004.

As a principal constituent of Qatar Foundation Research and Development, QCRI is one of three national research institutes established by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. QCRI is focused on tackling large-scale computing challenges that address national priorities for growth and development.

For more information, visit QCRI’s website.