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A vision of the Internet in 2020

October 26th, 2006

In an attempt to continue along the theme of the Future Internet, I’ve just been altered to a report by Pew Internet and American Life in which the Internet’s future in 2020 is debated
The initial link given above is to the BBC report, however there’s nothing better than going to the horses mouth. “The Future of the Internet II” report can be found at the Pew Internet site and the full survey of technology thinkers [pdf] is here.
There are some interesting scenarios considered:
Scenario One: A global, low-cost network thrives
Scenario Two: English displaces other languages
Scenario Three: Autonomous technology is a problem
Scenario Four: Transparency trumps privacy issues
Scenario Five: Virtual reality brings mixed results
Scenario Six: The internet opens access and blurs boundaries
Scenario Seven: Some Luddites will commit terror acts
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