Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the internet, has hit out today at Facebook, iTunes and similar sites for gluing people into their services and hindering the idea of a fluid, open internet. The web pioneer said that we’re giving too much data to social networks and that ‘the more you enter, the more you become locked in.’
Berners-Lee, who gave away his groundbreaking work on a royalty-free basis, believes in a fluid web in which all data is open and shared between services, but he worries that the more Facebook’s ‘kind of architecture gains widespread use, the more the web becomes fragmented – and the less we enjoy a single, universal information space.’
He also warned that if ‘that one site gets so big it becomes a monopoly’ it will ‘limit innovation.’ 'You can access an iTunes link only using Apple’s patented iTunes programme. You are no longer on the web,’ said Berners-Lee. ‘The iTunes world is centralised, walled off. You are trapped in a single store, rather than being on the open marketplace.’
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