Berners-Lee Sounds Alarm Over Appified, Siloed, Regulated Web


Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee worries that the Web’s most successful inhabitants are gradually chipping away at its “egalitarian” foundations. “The Web as we know it is being threatened,” writes Berners-Lee in a Scientific American essay. “Large social-networking sites are walling off information posted by their users … . Wireless Internet providers are being tempted to slow traffic to sites with which they have not made deals. Governments — totalitarian and democratic alike — are monitoring people’s online habits, endangering important human rights.”

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