As the internet turns 25 experts ask 'what's next?'

“We have really only scratched the surface with what the web can do,” says Institution of Engineering and Technology
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Today marks a quarter of a century since Sir Tim Berners-Lee pitched the idea of the World Wide Web, which has gone on to become an incredibly important part of millions of people’s daily lives.

To mark the occasion, the Institution of Engineering and Technology has pondered what’s in store for the next 25 years of the internet, including:

– A wider range of content in a greater number of languages
– Trusted e-learning resources
– Greater inclusion of, and accessibility for, groups currently not engaged with the internet such as large parts of the developing world, the older generation and those with visual and audio impairments
– Further innovation in web technologies, for example language and format conversion
– New thinking about how we operate commercially in a digital world, with a broader choice of ecommerce and payment options
– Global governance and standards for data privacy and security, including techniques such as human factors and user-based design to improve user confidence and adoption.

Dr Mike Short CBE from the Institution of Engineering and Technology said: “In a recent US survey, 76 per cent of people believed the web has been a positive force for society. This is encouraging and, given that we have really only scratched the surface with what the web can do, the potential for it to further improve our daily lives is still considerable.”



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