The auction house announced that Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the Internet, will make the source code of the original web browser irreplaceable in Sotheby’s historic one-off auction Tokens (NFT) for sale. The auction will include not only the original code written by the British computer scientist, but also three other elements: a letter from him reflecting his thoughts on the Internet today, a digital poster (vector file) and 30 minutes of Black and white photo. A white animated video describing the code being written. The proceeds from the auction will be used for businesses supported by Berners Lee and his wife.

NFT is a digital authenticity certificate for the owner of an item. It does not necessarily include copyright control and has been widely criticized as harmful to the environment. But many people also support it as a great innovation, which allows the monetization of digital art and other collectibles.

Sotheby’s said in a statement that the auction will be held from June 23 to 30, with an opening price of US$1,000 (approximately Rs 73,300).

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“For me, the biggest advantage of the Web is the spirit of collaboration. Although I don’t make predictions about the future, I sincerely hope that its use, knowledge, and potential will remain open and available to all of us to continue to innovate, create, and initiate We can’t even imagine the next technological change,” Berners-Lee said.

When Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW) while working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, it was originally conceived and developed for the automatic sharing of information among scientists from universities and research organizations around the world. Later, CERN gave up rights to the technology in 1993. Since then, the Web has been an open standard.