Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director, testified on the future of the World Wide Web before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, Committee on Energy & Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives, on 1 March 2007. Chairman Edward Markey invited Berners-Lee as the sole witness for the first in a series on the Digital Future of the United States. Confronted with current U.S. policy questions, Tim Berners-Lee explained the success of the Web, described its three essential features: universality, open standards, and the separation of layers, and provided a view of its future.
Tim Berners-Lee testimony: http://dig.csail.mit.edu/2007/03/01-ushouse-future-of-the-web.html
Hearing and archived webcast: http://energycommerce.house.gov/cmte_mtgs/110-ti_hrg.030107.WorldWideWeb.shtml