Future of the Internet creates uncertainties for US users

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Predicting the future of the Internet and in what aspects of life offline this may play a fundamental role are issues that confuse users and do not generate consensual positions.

The conclusion is from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, which addressed 24 questions about the future of the Internet to 1,200 people. Among the points questioned were few where the company managed to gather a consensual and significant vote.

Security is one of these points. About 66 percent of respondents believe that in the next ten years the Internet infrastructure will be the target of a major attack.

On the other hand, and even with all the efforts made by associations representing the sector to protect copyright, Internet users will continue to exchange music and video freely in ten years’ time, half of the respondents believe.

Among the results, there is also a notorious tendency to consider the Internet as a form of isolation from real world interaction or a means of gathering support or disseminating political ideas.

For 40 percent of respondents, the Internet can make a decisive contribution to making health care more accessible, as the number of medical resources available online is increasing. With regard to this issue, 30 percent of the consulted experts share the opposite opinion.

Exploring the Internet as a civic tool is also a possibility for 42 percent of respondents. They believe that several people look for organizations online to defend and promote their civic rights. A slightly smaller percentage (30 percent) disagrees, revealing once again the heterogeneity of opinions.

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