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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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