Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with inventing the internet as we know it today, has given a speech at LeWeb 2014, the internationally renowned digital conference which takes place in Paris every year.
As 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the invention of the internet, this was a particularly significant conference. Berners-Lee used the opportunity to express some of his concerns about the way we are using the web today. He noted that his original intention was to create a system that allowed collaboration and sharing of content, but that native apps are taking away from the shared experience by encouraging people to use content in an isolated way. He expressed that he would rather see web developers focusing on building web apps using HTML 5, encouraging sharing of content and linking between different people.
Berners-Lee also shared his worries about governments gradually removing free and open access to the internet, urging people to take a greater interest in the future of the internet and taking a stand to ensure that it remains open and accesible to all.