The Future of the Internet

The Future of the Internet

A survey of technology leaders, scholars, industry officials, and analysts found that the majority of experts foresee at least one attack on the World Wide Web infrastructure in the next ten years, as the Internet becomes increasingly more integral to everyday and commercial life. The experts, whose views were compiled in The Future of the Internet (62 pages, PDF), also predict greater government surveillance due to the embedding of computing devices in everything from clothes and appliances to cars and telephones. From a social perspective, they believe that by 2014 the boundaries between work and leisure will diminish, altering family life, as more people work and attend school from home via the Internet; that people will use digital libraries to create more music, art, and literature, which will be freely circulated online; and that computers will replace television as the centerpiece of American living rooms. The survey was funded by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.