2013 Internet Hall of Fame Interviews: François Flückiger

The main fear I have, and I believe most of my col­leagues have, is to see the Internet more frag­ment­ed than it is, and much more frag­ment­ed than we want­ed it to be. When we designed it, we devel­oped tech­nol­o­gy which was due to be open, which means that every­one knows the tech­nol­o­gy, every­one can devel­op it, and every­one can improve it as well. 

Ben Segal’s Internet Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Speech

I want to just make a few remarks about men­tors and pro­tec­tors. Most of us here have need­ed either or both of those. So I want to talk about two peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar with­out whom I would­n’t be here. The first per­son you know, and the sec­ond per­son you almost sure­ly don’t know.

Tim Berners-Lee’s Internet Hall of Fame 2012 Induction Speech

People are amazed at the growth of the Web, but the growth of the Internet, that was actu­al­ly what hap­pened from zero. So the things that you guys have done from this have been the way that we have learned.

Tim Berners-Lee Announces the World Wide Web Foundation

I wrote a memo say­ing, We should have a glob­al hyper­text sys­tem to fix this.” The memo, I dis­trib­uted it to a few peo­ple but there’s nowhere real­ly to dis­trib­ute it to at CERN because CERN is a physics lab. It did­n’t have com­mit­tees for build­ing pro­grams and hyper­text systems.

So what hap­pened was basi­cal­ly noth­ing for eigh­teen months.