In 2012, I was fortunate enough to attend with my wife the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

Sitting behind us were a group of young Americans. They were loving it, cheering along at the spectacular display. Then, their whooping and hollering really took off. It was when Sir Tim Berners-Lee made a rare, surprise personal appearance. Along with everyone else in the vast stadium, us included, they were on their feet, applauding and shouting their approval. “He’s the guy who invented the web,” one of them shouted. “Wow!”.