The “father” of the Internet Tim Berners-Lee will auction off part of the source code that formed the basis of the World Wide Web.
British scientist Tim Berners-Lee, one of the founders of the Internet and the head of the W3C organization, will sell part of the source code that formed the basis of the World Wide Web at Sotheby’s online auction. A fragment of 9,555 lines will go under the hammer in the form of a so-called non-fungible token (NFT), which secures rights to a digital asset to its owner.
The lot includes the “original time-stamped files” of the source, an animated render of this code, a letter from Berners-Lee on the development process, and a “digital poster” which he created. The proceeds will be used to support the initiatives selected by the researcher and his wife, co-founder of the non-profit organization Web Foundation, Rosemary Leith.
Bidding will take place online from 23 to 30 June. The starting bid is $ 1,000.
Berners-Lee is known for the fact that in 1989, being an employee of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), he proposed the World Wide Web project. He has formulated the concept of hypertext – documents connected to each other by hyperlinks – and, with colleagues, invented URL identifiers, the HTTP protocol, and the HTML language. Also, under the leadership of Berners-Lee, the first browser and web server were developed.
NFT (non-fungible token), or non-fungible tokens, are digital assets akin to cryptocurrencies, representing a property right fixed in a distributed ledger (blockchain), a kind of “digital passport” of an object. Unlike identical (fungible) bitcoins or “ethers”, NFTs have unique identification codes and metadata and cannot be replicated. They assign unique virtual items (weapons or clothing of a character in a video game), digital artwork, tangible collectibles, or even real estate to the owner.
In March, Jack Dorsey, the CEO and co-founder of Twitter, sold his first tweet as an NFT. For the very first publication on the platform, made on March 21, 2006, almost $ 3 million was paid for it.