25 Years of the World Wide Web: Current Overview and Predictions for the Future

Computer networks Today marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web (the Web) by British computer scientist, Sir Tim Berners-Lee. On March 12, 1989, Berners-Lee wrote a proposal for an “information management” system that could be accessed and utilized by all, a concept that would eventually become the structure for the Web the world knows and loves today. In recognition of this anniversary, the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project has launched a series of reports that “[looks] at the future of the Internet, the Web, and other digital activities” in the social lives of Americans and other global users. The first report of the eight-part series, “Digital Life in 2025”, was released yesterday.

This premier report consulted 2,558 experts and technology builders to discover their predictions on “the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, the ‘Internet of things,’ and net neutrality” by the year 2025. According to the report, “experts predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ – less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.”

In addition to these predictions, the Internet Center report explores “some of the economic change driven by the spectacular progress that made digital tools faster and cheaper” as well as “whether Americans feel the explosion of digital information…has helped them be better informed and make better decisions.”

Related reports about the future of the Internet can be found on the following Pew Research Center page: http://www.pewinternet.org/topics/future-of-the-internet/

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