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Berners-Lee, Tim

3Com Founders Professor of Engineering, MIT

Director, Decentralized Information Group (DIG), CSAIL, MIT

Professor, Electronics and Computer Science Department, University of Southampton, UK

A graduate of Oxford University, England, in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

He is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a Web standards organization founded in 1994 which develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential. He is a founding Director of the Web Science Trust (WST) launched in 2009 to promote research and educaton in Web Science, the multidisciplinary study of humanity connected by technology.

He is also a Director of the World Wide Web Foundation, launched in 2009 to fund and coordinate efforts to further the potential of the Web to benefit humanity.

In 2001 he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has been the recipient of several international awards including the Japan Prize, the Prince of Asturias Foundation Prize, the Millennium Technology Prize and Germany's Die Quadriga award. In 2004 he was knighted by H.M. Queen Elizabeth and in 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit. In 2009 he was elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He is the author of "Weaving the Web".

In June 2009 Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced Sir Tim will work with the UK Government to help make data more open and accessible on the Web, building on the work of the Power of Information Task Force.

Kagal, Lalana

Research Scientist, MIT CSAIL

Deputy Director, Decentralized Information Group (DIG)

Lalana Kagal is a Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Deputy Director of the Decentralized Information Group, and a Fellow of the Web Science Research Institute (WSRI). She has over 12 years of research experience in policy languages and frameworks, knowledge representation, intelligent agents, and security and privacy in distributed information systems. She has authored over 55 refereed publications. She earned her PhD and MS degrees in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Rae, Katie

Managing Director, Project 11

Katie Rae is a founder of Project 11, a firm that invests in and assists early-stage startups.

Katie specializes in rapid product development and customer growth strategies for Internet businesses that scale.

She has spent her career building significant Internet businesses in the community, self-publishing and search space. Most recently she was the head of Product for Microsoft Startup Labs, an early stage product development lab focused on collaboration, location-based services and social applications, where concepts were tested for consumer enthusiasm. Before that she was SVP of Product at Eons, a business focused on new products for 50+ community. Katie pioneered early freemium business models at Lycos for the Tripod and Angelfire communities. She learned the ropes of product and business development at Zip2 and Mirror Worlds.

She holds an MBA from Yale University and a BA in Biology from Oberlin College.

Sturtevant, Reed

Managing Director, Project 11

Reed has successfully sparked an array of entrepreneurial ventures. He is co-founder of Project 11, a firm that invests in and assists early-stage startups.

Reed was recently founding Director of Microsoft Startup Labs. Before that, he was Chief Technology Officer of EONS, Inc., Managing Director and Vice President of Technology for Idealab, where he helped found several companies including Picasa and Compete, and prior to Idealab Reed was co-founder of Radnet and RadioAMP.

He began his career as architect and designer of Freelance Graphics, the best selling presentation package acquired by Lotus Development in 1986. Reed was an innovative force at Lotus where he served as a key member of the senior technical staff and launched many products including InterNotes, Lotus' first web product.

Reed is a founding trustee of The Awesome Foundation.

Waterman, K. Krasnow

Visiting Fellow, DIG, CSAIL, MIT

CEO, LawTechIntersect, LLC

K. Krasnow Waterman has had dual careers in technology management and the practice of law. She worked as a Chief Information Officer, Chief Operations executive, and Attorney (in-house advisor and trial counsel). She now divides her time between research on web-scale, policy-aware, accountable systems as a Visiting Fellow at the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Lab and work as a private consultant, primarily in enterprise architecture, privilege management, information retrieval, and technology policy. K was an MIT Sloan Fellow, earned her law degree at Cardozo School of Law, and her BA at the University of Pennsylvania.

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