An article published by the Washington Post on July 3, 2014 is raising the question, “What will the Internet look like in 10 years?” Over 1400 industry experts were interviewed, and the resulting theories are rather alarming.
While the consistently rising threats of security breaches continue to cause concerns for corporations as well as the a average consumer, the majority of those polled in the Post survey considered government regulation and surveillance of the Internet as a more disturbing danger to a free-flowing and open use of the Internet. This only makes good common sense. After all, quantum theorists have long told us that “observation affects reality.”
Put another way, people will always act and react differently when they know that they are being watched. This has never been more apparent in recent years than with the rapid rise of social media. Cyber bullying is increasing around the world, and proposed legislation regarding the use of social media is always a topic of debate.
The Edward Snowden scandal may become the landmark issue that will go down in history as the singular major event that led to the eventual public distrust of the Internet, says some experts. Will America fall victim to Internet policing like so many other countries around the world where content will be monitored and controlled by the government?
This seems unlikely, due to our First Amendment Rights of “Freedom of the Press”, but it is an interesting notion. After all, if was only less than 10 years ago where American’s believed that all of our phone conversations were completely and totally private. Yet we have given up that personal freedom in order to protect our citizens from threats of global terrorism. Will our Internet usage be next? Or has it already been compromised?