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Web Inventor Berners-Lee to Auction Source Code As An NFT

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

The auction will be the first time Tim Berners-Lee has been able to capitalize financially on his invention of the web.

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British computer scientist, inventor, and ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Sir Tim Berners-Lee is auctioning the original code for the world wide web as a non-fungible token.

NFTs are a type of digital asset designed to show that someone has ownership of a unique virtual item.

The auction for the world wide web NFT will be run by Sotheby's in London from June 23-30, with bidding starting at $1,000. The proceeds of the auction will benefit initiatives that Berners-Lee and his wife support, Sotheby's said.

The NFT includes original time-stamped files containing the source code written by Berners-Lee, an animated visualization of the code, a letter written by Berners-Lee on the code and its creation, and a digital "poster" of the full code. They will all be digitally signed by Berners-Lee.

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