The freedom of the Internet is under threat more than ever, with its once open forum coming under scrutiny as a number of agencies attempt to regulate the goings-on of the web, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
An interview with Guardian reveals Brin's suspicions about the fate of the worldwide web, warning that there were 'very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world'.
"I am more worried than I have been in the past," he said. "It's scary."
The main threat faced by the Internet is by the alliance of governments working together to try and control information exchanged by their citizens, along with the entertainment industry targeting internet piracy as well as the influx of 'restrictive' walled gardens including the likes of Apple and Facebook - enforcing their own set of rules as to what software can be issued on their platforms.
Brin stated that both himself and co-founder Larry Page would not have been able to develop Google had the Internet been dominated by Facebook. "You have to play by their rules, which are really restrictive," he said. "The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation."
He also came down on Facebook for the difficulty experienced by its users looking to move their data to other services. "Facebook has been sucking down Gmail contacts for many years," he said.
However, as long as people agree to the countless stipulations made by social networking sites in order to continue using their services, then social media will remain the ruler of the online - and potentially offline - world for years to come.
Source: The Guardian (opens in new tab)