Threats ranging from alleged governmental control to restrictive practices by Facebook and Apple are looming on the world web freedom more perilously than ever, reveals Google co-founder Sergey Brin in an interview with the Guardian on Monday.
A surging wave of right to information and freedom of expression gave rise to the internet nearly three decades ago. But the world web which flourished over this era giving rise to the new media is now facing greatest threats from a number of corners, expressed Sergey Brin
Governmental Control Posing Biggest Threat
Even in the progressive world political scenario, many governments have been incessantly trying to get hold of their country’s internet access and web communication of the citizens. The recent governmental efforts in China, Saudi Arabia and Iran to control access are indicative of future web threats.
In the words of Brin, "I thought there was no way to put the genie back in the bottle, but now it seems in certain areas the genie has been put back in the bottle."
Brin said this in regard to various governmental efforts predominantly in China to restrict the internet freedom for the citizens.
Google in 2010 under the chief mentor-ship of Brin partially withdrew its Chinese presence over rising threats on nation’s press censorship and assaults on its cyber media.
Facbook, Apple Endanger Internet Freedom
Brin indicated that the rising 'restrictive' trade practices by Facebook and Apple of releasing selective software to limit user-access on their proprietary platforms are emerging threats on the internet today. As such instances are continuously hampering new web innovations and leading to web balkanization.
"You have to play by their rules, which are really restrictive. The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation." stressed Brin.
The co-founder of the internet pioneer said both Facebook and Apple are increasingly striving towards becoming closed walled gardens.
The 38 year old Google co-founder was quoted as saying, "There are very powerful forces that have lined up against the open Internet on all sides and around the world… I am more worried than I have been in the past. It's scary."