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If you ask the man who invented the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, Silicon Valley tech giants of the likes of Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, Reuters reports.
The digital revolution has spawned a handful of U.S.-based technology companies since the 1990s that now have a combined financial and cultural power greater than most sovereign states.
“There is a danger of concentration,” underlines Berners-Lee, 63 years-old professor at the MIT and Oxford..
Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Google and Facebook have a combined market capitalization of $3.7 trillion, which is equal to the Germany’s GDP for 2017.
Father of Web however also urged caution, saying the speed of innovation in both technology and tastes could ultimately cut some of the biggest technology companies down to size.
“Before breaking them up, we should see whether they are not just disrupted by a small player beating them out of the market, but by the market shifting, by the interest going somewhere else,” Berners-Lee said.
Berners-Lee came up with the idea for what he initially called “Mesh” while working at Europe’s physics research center CERN, calling it the World Wide Web in 1990. There was, he said, no ‘Eureka’ moment. Instead, it was hard work, the experience of working in computer science and an attempt to overcome the frustrations of trying to share information with colleagues and students.
However, he is disappointed with the state of “his” world wide web today, and the myriad of scandals and data breaches, Reuters reports.
“I am disappointed with the current state of the Web,” he said. “We have lost the feeling of individual empowerment and to a certain extent also I think the optimism has cracked.”