Tim Berners-Lee Defends World Wide Web NFT Sale

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee has responded to criticism about his decision to sell an unchangeable token (NFT) that represents the web's source code. Speaking to the Guardian, Berners-Lee described NFT, whose auction began today at Sotheby's, as "completely compatible with web values." Critics argued that selling the web's source code to anyone goes against the open, decentralized nature of the web. "The questions I asked were, 'Oh, that doesn't sound like a free and open web,'" Berners-Lee told The Guardian, arguing that the web is "free and open as it has always been." Basic codes and protocols on the web are, as always, royalty-free. I'm not selling the web – you don't have to pay to follow the links." NFT Auction NFTs are cryptographically unique digital tokens that indicate ownership, which can be linked to digital content or physical artifacts that can be linked to any digital content. Berners-Lee's Sotheby's NFT, titled "This Changes Everything", which he auctioned in , consists of timestamp files containing source code for HTML (Hypertext Markup Language), HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) and URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) – Berners-Lee The three key languages and protocols were written by in the early 1990s. The work also includes an animated video showing the code entered and a digital poster showing the code. In 1989, British computer scientist @timberners_lee invented the World Wide Web at a time when the world was changing forever Now Sir Tim will provide NFT source code for web in his one time sale. Discussion below (1/4) #ThisChangedEverything pic.twitter.com/ nYvBFrz0Zr — Sotheby's (@Sothebys) June 15, 2021 Berners-Lee, "I don't even sell the source code. I'm selling a photo

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