Pew report says Internet freedom could be severely curtailed in 2025

Pew report says Internet freedom could be severely curtailed in 2025

A new report published by the Pew Research Center has revealed that Internet freedom in 2025 could be severely curtailed; thanks to the several threats which the open nature of the Internet is likely to face in the next ten years.

According to the opinion expressed by the more than 1,400 analysts and experts who participated in the latest Pew survey, online liberty in 2025 will be hampered, to a great extent, by the efforts made by governments to control the flow of information across the Internet by blocking access.

The analysts and experts who participated in the survey - which was part of Pew's series called `The Web at 25' - said that four main threats pose serious concerns to online freedom in the coming decade.

These threats include: filtering, blocking or segmenting of the Internet by government, to gain political control; efforts by corporations to further commercialize the online world; consumer distrust due to increased government and corporate surveillance; and attempts by Internet users to fight information overload by filtering their own online exposure.

However, with 65 percent of the experts still believing that the web of the future would be more open, filmmaker Tiffany Shlain - founder of the Webby awards - said that the good news is that, in the next ten years, "every human being on the planet will be online. The collision of ideas through the sharing network will lead to explosive innovation and creativity."

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