Pew Internet survey findings on internet futures

The latest Pew internet survey, looking at the Internet beyond 2020, has been released.

We were among the technology builders, entrepreneurs, consultants, academicians and futurists from around the world who were invited to share their newest observations about key issues in “The Future of the Internet II,” a survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and Elon University.

You can find the survey here. “The people who look over the horizon are a pretty contentious group,” said Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project. “Many know from history and personal experience that technologies can have good and bad effects. You can see them toting up the pluses and minuses in their answers. I come away with a sense that the future is still up for grabs, even as everyone agrees that it will be very different from today.”

“People responding to the survey expressed deep concern over who controls internet architecture,” said the report’s principal author Janna Anderson, director of the Imagining the Internet project, (http://www.imaginingtheinternet.org), and assistant professor of communications at Elon University (http://www.elon.edu) in North Carolina. “They also expressed the incredibly deep feelings of connection they experience when using this unrivaled communications tool. They see it as a way for the world to benefit from collaboration, creativity and the wisdom of crowds, but they also see it as a disruptive technology that will bring significant changes – some negative – throughout human networks.”

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