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Title    2025: Corporate Panopticon, Asymmetric Internets?
Date    Sunday April 13 2014, @03:51AM
Author    janrinok
Topic   
from the a-better-world? dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=14/04/12/1834237

Serial_Priest writes:

The Pew Research Center asked a set of professors, businessmen, and readers of "technology-oriented listservs" to imagine the Internet of 2025. (Source in PDF and HTML.)

Some respondents speculated that there would be amplification of known trends: "ambient" networks (sensors, cameras, phones/tracking devices) that are increasingly integrated into work and social life, ongoing disruption of traditional "content" industries, and the continued growth of analytics/surveillance ("tagging, databasing, and intelligent analytical mapping of the physical and social realms.") Of course, networks "accurately predict[ing] our interests and weaknesses" implies the loss of personal privacy, first to governments and corporations, but eventually to any interested party or social engineer.

Others predicted decentralization and fragmentation self-forming mesh networks, darknets, and proliferating incompatible national/corporate algorithms. Your freedom would be circumscribed by the ideology of your network's owner.

I put the question to you, O People of Soylent. What futures do you foresee? What trends or pathologies does the Pew report minimize or neglect? How can or should *we* influence the Internet's direction in the next decade?

Links

  1. "Serial_Priest" - mailto:accusingangel@autistici.org
  2. "PDF" - http://www.elon.edu/docs/e-web/imagining/surveys/2014_survey/PEW-Elon%20DIgital%20Life%20in%202025_Report%20I%203-11-14.pdf
  3. "HTML" - http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/03/11/digital-life-in-2025/

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