Web source code is being auctioned off as an NFT

Web source code is being auctioned off as an NFT

It’s free, open source, and very soon someone will get a signed version of the web for themselves. That’s because the source code of the world wide web, or WWW as it is known as, is being auctioned off.

By none other than the maker himself, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The British computer scientist created something that would change the world forever in 1989. His creation made the Internet as we know it possible. And in a very interesting development today, he has decided to make history by auctioning his web source code in the form of a non-fungible token.

What with the NFT craze having taken the world by storm, and all that.

Here is what he said of the matter:

“Three decades ago, I created something which, with the subsequent help of a huge number of collaborators across the world, has been a powerful tool for humanity. For me, the best bit about the web has been the spirit of collaboration. While I do not make predictions about the future, I sincerely hope its use, knowledge and potential will remain open and available to us all to continue to innovate, create and initiate the next technological transformation, that we cannot yet imagine.

NFTs, be they artworks or a digital artefact like this, are the latest playful creations in this realm, and the most appropriate means of ownership that exists. They are the ideal way to package the origins behind the web.”

The NFT is quite aptly named “This Changed Everything”, and is made up of a collection of four items:

  • The original time-stamped file containing the source code
  • A moving visualization of the around 9,500 lines of the code
  • A letter written by Lee that describes how the code was created
  • A digital poster of the full code recreated from the original files using Python

The auction will take place at Sotheby’s auction house, who claims that the NFT is the ideal way to package this representation of the source code of the web, as it represents a perfect fit between the medium and content.

The sale will begin on June 23 at 2:00 pm EDT and last through the 30th, with bids starting at $1,000.

Yes, this is the code that acts as the very basis of the modern web that the world now can’t live without, and it remains a slice of important modern history. Whoever buys it will likely hope to feel that they now own that history.

Jolly good.


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