"# Threats to the Internet, such as companies or governments that interfere with or snoop on Internet traffic, compromise basic human network rights.
# Web applications, linked data and other future Web technologies will flourish only if we protect the medium’s basic principles."
Long Live the Web: A Call for Continued Open Standards and Neutrality, By Tim Berners-Lee Nov 22, 2010, Scientific American
Web Science: Studying the Internet to Protect Our Future, By Nigel Shadbolt and Tim Berners-Lee Sep 15, 2008Scientific American
"The relentless rise in Web pages and links is creating emergent properties, from social networking to virtual identity theft, that are transforming society."
In an essay published in Scientific American, Berners-Lee said that the Web is affected by elements that have ‘begun to chip away at its founding principles’, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.
Social networking sites that do not allow users to extract the information they put into them is a ‘problem’ that could mean the web is ‘broken into fragmented islands’, he said.
Although Facebook recently began allowing users to download profile information, including status updates and photos, it has been roundly criticised for leaving users'' networks of contacts ‘walled’ inside its own site.
The essay criticizes an array of companies including Apple, Facebook, Verizon, Google, and generally, ISPs (Internet service providers), for actions that he says could significantly hamper the potential of the Web.
Financial Times - Joseph Menn - Chris Nuttall, November 20 2010