An open and globally accessible internet is not a foregone conclusion, with over a third of web users worried that increased government control represents the greatest threat to the future of the web, according to the Internet Society.
In a speech organised by the Paradiso initiative in Brussels this week, Frédéric Donck, the Internet Society's European bureau director, revealed new research commissioned by the organisation highlighting the greatest concerns among internet users.
Around 39 per cent of respondents said that government control represents the biggest threat, but around a quarter are concerned about limited access to content and services while 16 per cent cited increased security threats.
Donck argued that safeguarding the open, transparent, inclusive and collaborative nature of the internet is vital to ensuring its successful long-term societal impact.
"The Internet Society believes that openness is the key technical and operating principle that has ensured the success and growth of the internet to date," he said.
"This openness characterised the development and architecture of the basic building blocks of the internet - packet switching and TCP/IP - and continues to allow our internet experience to be as creative and connected as it is today."
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