By 2025, every human on the planet will be online, and most animals! The collision of ideas through the sharing network will lead to explosive innovation and wild creativity. We are just at the precipice of collaborative tools today. By 2025, we should have around 8 billion plus online, assuming these are not slaves of divide to rule suckers, imagine billions of people and ideas sharing and collaborating. This period may be called as the Age of Collaboration. Coming to real world, smell four Threats the Internet (rebranded as some digital mobile) Faces:
Threat 1: Meddling by Countries
“Actions by nation-states to maintain security and political control will lead to more significant blocking, filtering, fear mongering, nationalization, segmentation, and balkanization of the Internet.” The branded apps owned by big capitalists will try invading humanity 24/7/365.
Threat 2: Evaporation of Trust
“Trust will evaporate in the wake of revelations about government and corporate surveillance and likely greater surveillance in the future via mass digital hypnosis and propaganda programs in close association with Telecom spectrum beneficiaries.”
Threat 3: Cronies Own & Control the Internet
“Commercial pressures affecting everything from Internet architecture to the flow of information will endanger the open structure of online life, and forced slavery for future GenX.”
Threat 4: Backlash to our loved and cherished “Social Democracy”:
“Deteriorating trust, meddling by nations, shrewd business of political parties and pressure from commercial capital gain interests, brand slavery and profiteering cronies are threats to future of the Internet that technology experts fear most.”
Are governing companies coming under greater scrutiny? Not just about what they do for so-called development, but also how they do it. Instead of leading, the politicians, regulators, cronies, and media are doing so in response to public demands. This greater public engagement has gained force through an open media, or what is described as the “public information space” – the swirling sea of content that surrounds and connects us in the digital world, which is increasingly in danger of hostile takeover by few brands promoted by wealthy robin-hood musketeers.
Though suppressed vigorously by popular and covert power pimps, buds of opposition are already popping up in many colors like NetNeutrality, SaveTheInternet, MediaDRM, PrivacyTheft, Leaks and more. “When on a mission to tweak ideas of life as leading species, we must be prepared to change our own outlook constantly.” Hooked to FAANG’s Internet crowds like zombie herds is neither technology or human development.
- First published on Jun 25, 2014