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5 Predictions for the Web in 2025

By Jennifer Cobb

According to technology experts celebrating the world wide web’s 25th birthday last week, the web in 2025 will help improve education, help cultivate better partnerships globally, and jumpstart changes to healthcare and the systems behind it. On the other hand, these technology experts also say the web in 10 years will see online privacy as a luxury for the rich as the web will contribute to and expand the global wealth gap and amplify loss and abuse online.

The five predictions according to InformationWeek:

1. Big data will affect the public's actions and behavior

            “We will become far more knowledgeable about the consequences of our actions; we will edit our behavior more quickly and intelligently.” - Patrick Tucker, author of "The Naked Future: What Happens In a World that Anticipates Your Every Move?"

2. The Internet will facilitate political awareness and peaceful change

            "With mobile technologies and information-sharing apps becoming ubiquitous, we can expect some significant improvement in the awareness of otherwise illiterate and ill-informed rural populations to opportunities missed out by manipulative and corrupt governments.” - Rui Correia, director of NetDay Namibia

3. Dangerous divides will emerge

            “Social media will facilitate and amplify the feelings of loss and abuse. They will also facilitate the sharing of examples and instructions about how to challenge, resist, and/or punish what will increasingly come to be seen as unjust." - Oscar Gandy, emeritus professor at the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania

4. The Internet will bring about the age of the "global supercomputer”

            “By 2025, almost every application or service we can imagine will be enhanced by the application of enormous computation enabling widespread applications of capabilities like mining, inference, recognition, sense-making, rendering modeling, as well as proactive contextual computing." - Mike Liebhold, senior researcher at the Institute for the Future

5. New business models will emerge

            "There will be increased franchise and information sharing. There will be changes to business models to adapt to the economics of digital communication and storage.” - Vint Cerf, Google VP and chief Internet evangelist

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