Check the article link below for a timely reality check including perspectives from the suddenly ubiquitous Evgeny Morozov and Sir Tim Berners-Lee
At Campus Party in Brazil last month, Al Gore called on the public to act in preserving what he believes is a system vital for democracy.
"Defend the internet," he said.
"Do not let it be controlled by governments or by large corporations. It is a network of people."
But there are signs that the web is becoming dominated by the few.
According to web analytics firm Compete, the top 10 websites were responsible for 31% of US page views in 2001, rising to around 75% in most recent estimates.
Facebook alone accounts for around a quarter of all US internet traffic.