Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, has warned that the internet is under threat from companies and countries looking to undermine the web by restricting its openness.
In an article for the Scientific American, Berners-Lee said that the web was under threat from social networking websites which are restricting access to the content posted by their users from the rest of the internet.
He said that wireless service providers are also choosing to restrict access to websites with which they had not made deals with, as are governments, who are beginning to monitor online activity and thereby endangering human rights.
“If we, the Web’s users, allow these and other trends to proceed unchecked, the Web could be broken into fragmented islands. We could lose the freedom to connect with whichever Web sites we want. The ill effects could extend to smartphones and pads, which are also portals to the extensive information that the Web provides,” he said.