Technology stakeholders and critics were asked in an online
survey to assess scenarios about the future social, political, and
economic impact of the Internet and they said the following:
• The mobile device will be the primary connection tool
to the Internet for most people in the world in 2020.
• The transparency of people and organizations will
increase, but that will not necessarily yield more personal
integrity, social tolerance, or forgiveness.
• Voice recognition and touch user-interfaces with the
Internet will be more prevalent and accepted by 2020.
• Those working to enforce intellectual property law and
copyright protection will remain in a continuing “arms race,”
with the “crackers” who will find ways to copy and share
content without payment.
• The divisions between personal time and work time and
between physical and virtual reality will be further erased for
everyone who’s connected, and the results will be mixed in
terms of social relations.
• “Next-generation” engineering of the network to
improve the current Internet architecture is more likely than an
effort to rebuild the architecture from scratch.