It was actually governments that gave the World-Wide-Web to us for free, not Tim Berners-Lee. CERN is an inter-governmental research facility founded by 12 countries in Western Europe and hosts some 10,000 visiting scientists and engineers, representing 608 universities & research facilities and 113 nationalities.
In this Guardian article, Sir Tim Berners-Lee urges the UK government to stop the snooping bill. Sir Tim Berners-Lee both founded and is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which develops interoperable technologies. Both W3C & the IETF are producing the specifications and standards that will enable objects/devices to be interoperable, snoop on people, and communicate/share that data/info.
Government Researchers also invented the Internet.