Industry Experts Ponder Internet's Future
- On the question of whether the Internet will foster or hinder civic involvement, 42% believed that it would foster involvement; 30% disagreed.
- Forty percent believed that the Internet will have a positive effect on healthcare; 30% disagreed.
- Fifty percent see no end in sight to illegal file-sharing.
Two topics yielding consensus were the rising impact of blogging on publishing and the media, and the likelihood that the Net will suffer "at least one devastating attack" in the next decade.
Pew has posted details of its findings on the "Imagining the Internet" database maintained by Elon University in North Carolina. In addition to these findings, the database contains predictions made in the early '90s, and a place where visitors can enter forecasts of their own.
Source: New York Times