He invented the world wide web, which sparked the internet revolution, and now Sir Tim Berners-Lee is coming to Wellington to give a lecture on the benefits of an ''open and uncaptureable'' internet.
The 57-year-old computer scientist first successfully communicated with proto-web technology in 1989 while working at the European Particle Physics Laboratory, CERN.
Sir Tim's talk at Te Papa on January 30 will focus on the social, economic and innovation opportunities of the internet.
Using the story of his world-changing invention, Sir Tim will explore why the internet needs openness and why transparency in the world of hypermedia matters for New Zealand and the world.
Government chief information officer Colin MacDonald said the visit would include meetings with senior government ministers and officials, including those working on a scheme for make people's transactions with the government simpler.
Sir Tim is director of the World Wide Web Consortium, a web standards organisation, and a director of the World Wide Web Foundation, which coordinates efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.
InternetNZ spokeswoman Ellen Strickland said Sir Tim's contribution to the internet's development was far-reaching, describing him as ''a pivotal figure in sparking the internet revolution.''
"The World Wide Web is a key internet application and one of the most important inventions in the history of human communications. Since its development in 1990 the web has grown exponentially and is now an inextricable part of most people's lives," she said.
TBL Down Under Tour: Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, 5.30pm January 30. Register at openinternetlecture.eventbrite.co.nz. Spaces limited and allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
- The Dominion Post