Web freedom threatened says Google founder

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the Internet’s creation are facing their greatest-ever threat, the co-founder of Google Sergey Brin said in an interview published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper on Monday

By - April 16, 2012 Share on LinkedIn
Security Lock Key

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the Internet’s creation are facing their greatest-ever threat, the co-founder of Google Sergey Brin said in an interview published by Britain’s Guardian newspaper on Monday.

Brin said the threat to freedom of the Internet came from a combination of factors, including increasing efforts by governments to control access and communication by their citizens.

Brin said attempts by the entertainment industry to crack down on piracy, and the rise of “restrictive” walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms, were also leading to greater restrictions on the Internet.

“There are very powerful forces that have lined up against the open Internet on all sides and around the world,” Brin was quoted as saying. “I am more worried than I have been in the past. It’s scary.”

He said he was concerned by efforts of countries such as China, Saudi Arabia and Iran to censor and restrict use of the Internet.

Brin said the rise of Facebook and Apple, which have their own proprietary platforms and control access to their users, risked stifling innovation and balkanizing the web.

Share your thoughts

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you think Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C will cut their mobile data prices?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

The Western Cape wants to introduce car starting breathalysers

car breathalyser

The Alcohol Harms Reduction Green Paper from the Western Cape Government suggests introducing alcohol-detecting ignition interlocks.

Amazon Prime Video with Jeremy Clarkson’s new car show to launch in South Africa

The Grand Tour Clarkson Hammond May

Amazon will be bringing its Prime Video service to South Africa along with The Grand Tour.

Advertisers should boycott SABC: Right2Know

SABC please stand by

The Right2Know Campaign has called for advertisers to boycott the SABC.

Top Gear will be back in 2017 with Matt LeBlanc

Matt LeBlanc and The Stig

Matt LeBlanc will be returning to host Top Gear in 2017.

Free MyBroadband Newsletter
×