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Battle for Control: The Future of the Internet V By Janna Quitney Anderson and Lee Ra ...

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Battle for Control:


The 19th-century French journalist and novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, was an editor of Le Figaro but he is probably best known by many today for his epigram “plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose” [“the more it changes, the more it's the same thing”] usually translated as "the more things change, the more they stay the same."

It took mere seconds to trace the origin of that quote—it was pulled out of thin air (via WiFi broadband), something quite impossible to do not long ago. Technology tools have changed significantly and altered many human lives appreciably since we undertook the first “Future of the Internet” research study in 2003–2004, yet—as the expert respondents to our research have regularly reminded us—human behavior and its underlying motivations have remained relevantly stable.

When the experts we survey share their greatest hopes and fears for the future and tell of the opportunities and challenges they see ahead, they generally express enthusiasm about the potential benefits of technological evolution. However, this optimism is well-tempered by their expression of sincere doubts as to whether the positive evolution of humans is keeping up.