Sir Tim Berners Lee creator of the World Wide Web called for a New Contract, identifying there were some ethical concerns which we need to fix to safeguard the future and protect rights and freedoms. There is need to reinforce thw Web as a public Good. Contract also focusing on how to address the spread of misinformation, tax and investment policies to bring more people online, robust frameworks and how to protect our digital and privacy rights and develop technologies to bring out the best. Consumers should be also be encouraged to be creative and collaberative so that the web has innovative and relevant content.
Tim gave this year's Richard Dimbleby lecture on BBC covering much of this and a bit more, also took some questions. I thought it was interesting, if you wish can catch it here on iplayer : World wide Web- Mid Course Correction
Here is a brief history of the Internet which has been in existence since 1969 and predated the Web, originally for millitary but other than email was much more technical and not suited for general use.