Government, business and academics must do more to ensure the web remains an open platform, says Sir Tim Berners Lee, the founder of the world wide web.

Berners-Lee made the call while unveiling a partnership between the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) and the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (NESTA). The partnership is partly funded by Nesta, but will also receive sponsorship by BT.

“The development of the web will have major social, economic and political implications for our future. At its core must be a commitment to maintain the principles of openness as a platform for the sharing of information," said the web inventor, who will be speaking at a NESTA event today, 8 July, to mark the launch of the partnership.

NESTA CEO Jonathan Kestenbaum said: “This partnership will ensure that the UK is well positioned to capitalise on the new networked information economy enabled by the web”.

WSRI, which is led by academics including Berners-Lee, researches how the web grows and develops. WSRI was co-created by MIT and the University of Southampton and aims to understand the forces underpinning the success of the web and how those guiding principles can be preserved and enhanced.

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