Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, has released an essay calling for open standards to be maintained for the internet. With our internet landscape increasingly fragmented, with numerous walled communities which cannot be accessed by everyone, it's a timely reminder that the internet flourished because of its open nature, because its vast scope and rich diversity would not have been created if users are blocked by proprietary standards.
Scientific American - The world wide web went live, on my physical desktop in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 1990. It consisted of one Web site and one browser, which happened to be on the same computer. The simple setup demonstrated a profound concept: that any person could share information with anyone else, anywhere. In this spirit, the Web spread quickly from the grassroots up. Today, at its 20th anniversary, the Web is thoroughly integrated into our daily lives. We take it for granted, expecting it to “be there” at any instant, like electricity.
It's a long read that you can find it here, but well worth your time.