22
March
2010
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08:14 AM
America/Los_Angeles

Web Inventor Heads Up British Web Science Institute - Looks To Create 250,000 Jobs

Associated Press reports that Tim Berners Lee, who developed the world wide web, a method of viewing and displaying pages of content, will head the UK's Institute of Web Science.

The institute -- which has been given 30 million pounds ($45 million) funding -- will aim to help Britain develop 250,000 new jobs in the technology sector.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday it will put Britain at the cutting edge of "emerging Web and Internet technologies."

He said the institute would work on opening up government data for public use, such as developing smartphone apps, or interactive maps.

Quite how 250,000 jobs will be created from this work is a mystery. Generally, Internet technologies have resulted in fewer jobs created than have been lost -- which is the way of all disruptive technologies.

Mr Berners Lee has his work cut out for him. It'll be interesting to see what he'll come up with.