Tim Berners-Lee recognised in opening ceremony extravaganza

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British physicist and computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee

So far, so good for the London 2012 Olympics.

As part of a moving opening ceremony, the celebration paid tribute to Sir Tim Berners-Lee, acknowledging the technology pioneer in front of the entire world.

The ceremony included the introduction of Berners-Lee behind a massive sign reading: "This is for everyone."

The tribute is quite fitting given the integral role technology and the web will play into London's Olympic plans.

In addition to the massive IT infrastructure upgrade required to host the media coverage and massive crowds, much of the facilities for the game will be transformed into the Tech City technology hub.

Acknowledging Berners-Lee is not only a noble gesture, but a re-affirmation of the city's commitment to the technology sector. The city hopes that IT will play an integral part in its future, so it is only fitting that they acknowledge Britain's rich technology history.

Perhaps this also means we're one step closer to giving other icons, such as Alan Turing, the recognition they so richly deserve.

28 Jul 2012

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