“18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information. That’s an increase from the 11% who reported personal information theft in July 2013.
21% of online adults said they had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission.The same number reported this experience in a July 2013 survey.”—More online Americans say they’ve experienced a personal data breach | Pew Research Center (via onaissues)
“The most significant impacts of the Internet on people’s lives by 2025 will involve augmented reality applications. Augmented reality tools such as AR mobile browsers (like Layar) or wearables (like Google Glass) will become affordable and widespread, and we will grow accustomed to seeing the world through multiple data layers. This will change a lot of social practices, such as dating, job interviewing and professional networking, and gaming, as well as policing and espionage.”—
Growing numbers of online Americans have had important personal information stolen and many have had an account compromised.
In the wake of Heartbleed, new numbers on online privacy breaches: 18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account info; 21% have had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission.
“The odds are 50/50 that the Internet will be effectively destroyed by cyberattacks by 2025. If the Net goes down, there will be terrible costs as we reboot the economy.”—
Robert E. McGrath, a retired software engineer who participated in critical developments of the World Wide Web, on the future of the internet. Survey participants in our future of the internet canvassing acknowledged the fact that global dependence on one particular system makes it a prime target for a devastating attack.
“By 2025, it will become more apparent that personal digital devices have become the uncredited third lobe of our brain, and network connections more like an extension of our own nervous system, a new sense, like seeing and hearing. Questions about our rights over our own devices and connections will treat them more like parts of our bodies and beings than some third-party thing that is a privilege to own or something we merely rent. It will force us to redefine what being human means — and what personhood means, in terms of the law, representative government, and every other issue.”—Brian Behlendorf, Internet pioneer and board member of several non-profits and for-profits, predicted that people will feel the information network has become a “new sense” by 2025.
“Access to the Internet will be a international human right. The diversity of perspectives from all different parts of the globe tackling some of our biggest problems will lead to breakthroughs we can’t imagine on issues such as poverty, inequality, and the environment.”—Tiffany Shlain, creator of the AOL series The Future Starts Here, and founder of The Webby Awards, on what digital life will be like in 2025.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a multinational organization that oversees the address book of the internet thanks to a contract issued by the U.S. government. What happens when this contract expires in September 2015?
“A key theme in these survey findings is that many people see acquiring information as a highly social process in which trusted helpers matter,” Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and a main author of the report said. “One of the main resources that people tap when they have questions is the networks of expertise. Even some of the most self-sufficient information consumers in our sample find that libraries and librarians can be part of their networks when they have problems to solve or decisions to make.”—PBS Newshour: Turns out the most engaged library users also biggest tech users
“As the Web enters its next quarter century, we urgently need even more data to inform the current debate on what it will take to enhance and defend the Web. The Web community – and the world at large – are wrestling with tough issues around security, surveillance, privacy, open infrastructure, net neutrality, content protection, and more. These global decisions must be made based on the best possible information.”—Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, gives us a statement on the 25th anniversary of the Web.
Throughout 2014, The Pew Research Center will mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web with a series of reports and other activities related to the current state of online life and the potential future of the internet.
YOUR TURN: What are your predictions for the future of the internet?
We asked 2,558 experts and technology builders about what digital life will look like in 2025. They predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.
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