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The Future of the Internet

Joseph Touch comments on what the Internet might look like in 2025
By: Regina Wu
April 07, 2014 —

Professor Joseph Touch discusses what the Internet may look like in 2025 and comments on what implications this may have. Below is a sampling of recent stories. 


Charlie Chaplin once said that cinema was just a fad. In 1936, The New York Times wrote that a "rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere." In 1955, Variety magazine stated that rock n' roll would be gone by June of that year. Predicting the future of technology is a fool's errand. But that certainly hasn't stopped us from doing it.

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In the future, the Internet will be like electricity coursing through our everyday lives — more ubiquitous but also more invisible. At least, that's the vision many experts gave to researchers in a recent survey by the Pew Research Center Internet Project. The survey, done on the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web, asked 1,867 experts in privacy, technology and cybersecurity what the future of the Internet will look like in 2025.

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In 2025, the explosion of digital devices will make the internet ubiquitous, but it won’t guarantee free speech, say experts, reports IANS.

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