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Future of Internet: a view from the emerging world. Ashok Jhunjhunwala IIT Madras, India [email protected] Outline. Internet is Power Promises of Internet Internet Communities Technology and Governance Sustainability Asia-Centric Internet Lives. Internet is Power.

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future of internet a view from the emerging world

Future of Internet: a view from the emerging world

Ashok JhunjhunwalaIIT Madras, India

[email protected]

Future of Internet, Brussels

outline
Outline
  • Internet is Power
  • Promises of Internet
  • Internet Communities
  • Technology and Governance
  • Sustainability
  • Asia-Centric Internet
  • Lives

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internet is power
Internet is Power
  • It has empowered people around the world
    • Enabled a large number of people who were left behind to overcome generations of deprivation
    • and compete with those in the developed world
  • But still a large number of people are not connected
    • India has just 100M connections for its 1.2B people
    • Content still dominated by 4 – 5 international languages
    • And what about illiterate or semi-literate
      • Can voice be used to access Internet?
      • Mobile phones may became the main interface for Internet
    • By when will we connect everyone?

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promises of internet
Promises of Internet
  • Can Internet help strengthen health care?
  • Can education reach everyone?
  • Can it contribute to more egalitarian society?
  • Can it contribute to better understanding and peace in the world?

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internet communities
Internet Communities
  • Internet has created many virtual communities
    • Dis-empowered can connect with each other and fight against despotic laws / governments
      • Even people with very specific interest and views, not shared by anyone nearby, need no longer feel isolated
        • Can connect with similar people around the world
  • But can some people get lost in virtual community
    • and lose the ability to relate to real community?
      • Will it distort personality?
  • Will Internet encourage or discourage diversityin the society / world?

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technology and governance
Technology and Governance
  • Can Internet be ever made totally secure?
    • Totally free of hacking?
  • Can Internet Governance be fair and decentralized?
    • Today some nations with large population have very few IP address (IPV4)
    • Local people / governments deciding on topology, configuration, controls?

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sustainability
Sustainability
  • World’s economies grow continuously
    • Increasing consumption everyday
    • But earth is retaliating
      • Can not sustain ever-growing consumption
  • Will Internet add to sustainability or take us further away?
    • Bits transmitted on Internet increasing everyday
      • Will it continuously increase energy consumption
      • Will wireless Internet continuously increase EM emission?
    • Is it necessary that same bits travel again and again on a link?
  • Will video-conferencing ever reduce human travel?
    • Will the transport of goods only increase, due to online purchase?

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asia centric internet
Asia-Centric Internet
  • India – China with nearly half the population of the world
    • After centuries of deprivation, these economies are suddenly growing to become lead economies of the world
  • As economic power moves to Asia, will they define Internet differently?

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lives
Lives
  • Internet has enabled working from homes
    • But will distinction between work-lives and home-lives also blur?
  • Internet is invading all aspects of our lives
    • Can there be any private life any more?

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to conclude
To Conclude
  • As Internet become increasingly powerful impacting all aspects of our lives
    • there are more and more questions!
  • Web-pages, Wiki, Blogs and twitter
    • Will they promote knowledge and understanding or spread disinformation?
    • Will we be able to distinguish truth and untruth?
    • Is Governance at all necessary?
    • Will the powerful be able to use it better than the weak or vice-versa?
    • Will Internet make us better human beings?
    • Will it make us happier?

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