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It is assumed that as long as the internet exists that free speech will persist with it. Some experts believe that even though the internet is permeating more of our lives in the future, that free speech will not be flowing with it. Some estimate that most of our free speech rights will be gone by the year 2025.
A recent Pew Research Center Study looked into this further. The study took a survey of 2,551 experts in various fields. They asked experts in privacy and cyber security as well as those specializing in technology and finance.
Their questions were centered around how the internet will look in the year 2025. The Pew Research Center did this survey as a way to mark the 25th year of the internet’s existence.
The main reason for free speech decline, they believe, is surveillance by corporations and governments. This surveillance can lead to blackmail and arrest that would never have happened without the internet.
People’s personal security can be compromised by giving out too much information online, which is true even today. One major theme that the study hit on was how the internet is affecting different wealth classes. Essentially, in the future privacy will be considered a luxury that very few will be able to afford. This will just be one more thing exacerbating the wealth gap both in America and abroad.
One thing is certain. The internet will become far more ubiquitous than it is even today. Not everyone will like that. Those who resist will find it difficult to find jobs because they do not have the necessary technological skills.
For those who do not resist, the internet will just be a part of every second’s existence. Instead of sitting down at one’s desk, or even pulling out your phone to search for something on Wikipedia everyone will be online all the time. Right now we can imagine this to a small degree with Google glass, but the future holds so much more in wearable technology than just glass.
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