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Britain Developing New Internet Research Institute

March 22, 2010

The prime minister of Britain said that scientists credited with inventing the World Wide Web would lead a new Internet research institute.

Tim Berners Lee, the man who developed the Web in 1990, will head up Britain’s Institute of Web Science.

The institute will aim to help Britain develop 250,000 new jobs in the technology sector. 

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday that it would put Britain at the cutting edge of “emerging Web and Internet technologies.”

Brown said that the institute, which has been given $45 million in funding, would work on opening up government data for public use, like developing smartphone apps, or interactive maps.

Brown said he promises to ensure all Britons to have access to high-speed broadband by 2020.

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