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Tim Berners-Lee

, the British engineer who created the

World Wide Web (WWW),

the set of logical protocols that allows information to be distributed on the Internet, has sold the source code of this innovation at auction for

more than 5.4 million dollars in the NFT format.

NFT, short for non-fungible token

, is a blockchain-based technology that guarantees the authenticity of a file in digital format as a work of art, as well as who is its owner.

In an auction organized by the Sotheby's house that began in mid-June and ended this Wednesday,

Berners-Lee put up for sale as NFC the original WWW archive

, which he developed between October

3, 1990 and 24 October. August 1991.

Finally, the bid that the lot has obtained has a

value of $ 5,434,500, about 4.6 million euros

at the current exchange rate, as shown on the Sotheby's auction page.

In the total of

9,555 lines of code

put on sale, the implementations of the three languages ​​developed by Berners-Lee were included:


(HyperText Markup Language, the markup language for creating web pages),


(Transfer Protocol Hypertext) and URI (Uniform Resource Identifier).

Along with these files, accompanied by temporary certification, Berners-Lee has also put up for sale the

set of documents that explained to users how to use the application, considered the first browser in history

, as well as a black and white video and No sound showing an animation of the code as it is typed and a letter written by Berners-Lee in 2021.

Berners-Lee has defended his decision to sell this code in statements to The Guardian, claiming that its sale

is "fully aligned with the values ​​of the web."

The engineer clarifies that with the auction he is not selling the Web, that it

will continue to be "free and free",

as always, since "the central codes and protocols of the web are free of rights."

According to the criteria of The Trust Project

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