The emergence of a “surveillance society” in the coming years could be possible due to several elements that will shape the Internet’s future, including Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things, according to a report.
The Internet Society’s (ISOC) Paths to our Digital Future report is the first of its kind that analysed the driving factors for the Internet in the next five to seven years. Whilst the report did not mention global satellite Internet services, Singtel Satellite agrees that the pace of development today indicates that it will continue to be relevant in the future.
ISOC’s 2017 Global Internet Report also disclosed challenges and opportunities that should be addressed to protect the Internet for the next generation. It highlighted the impact of certain developments for the Internet over the following years, which mostly focus on online privacy.
The development of AI and IoT technologies would definitely improve our lives, provided the ethical standards serve as the basis for development, according to the report. The concept of securing your identity may be a foreign concept if the opposite takes place. As such, personal freedom and rights would be at risk due to cybersecurity issues.
Impact on the Society
Businesses, industry advocates, governments and other stakeholders should work together to make sure AI and IoT technologies will not be a future threat, amidst the increasing occurrence of cyber-attacks and online terrorism. The separation of fact and fiction for online content will also be a more challenging endeavour.
Still, the younger remain positive about the prospects of Internet development, despite the expected challenges. ISOC based its findings on worldwide surveys of more than 3,000 respondents in 160 countries, as well as roundtable discussions and interviews with Internet experts.
At this point, it is unimaginable for most of us to picture life without the Internet. However, future developments should have a clear guide to avoid the report’s expected risks from taking place.