Government Content Blocking, Commercial Pressures Are Internet Dangers

Government blocking and filtering of content poses a big danger to the future Internet, but so does growing commercialization of Internet apps a survey of 1,400 experts by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has found.



Less content access is a possible or likely consequence of government action, but a growing commercial context also will shape the unrestricted flow of information, the experts say.


But growing lack of trust also will reduce end user willingness to share using the Internet. And  "too much information" might likewise reduce end user desire to share content and information, as use of content filtering grows.


Despite those perceived threats, many respondents expressed optimism that the problems can, and will, be addressed.

In fact, a majority of respondents say they hope that by 2025 there will not be significant changes for the worse and hindrances to the ways in which people get and share content online today. 



And they said they expect that technology innovation will continue to afford more new opportunities for people to connect.



In fact, a majority of respondents he majority of respondents  say they hope that by 2025 there will not be significant changes for the worse and hindrances to the ways in which people get and share content online today. And they said they expect that technology innovation will continue to afford more new opportunities for people to connect.


By 2025, about 35 percent of respondents thought there would be significant hindrances to the free exchange of information, while 65 percent predicted the obstacles would be overcome, and that the free exchange of information would not be significantly dampened.


To be sure, some who are optimistic said they “hoped” that would be the case, not necessarily that they expected such an outcome.


Those who expressed hope or the expectation that access and sharing would survive challenges between now and 2025 also often noted that billions more people may gain access and begin sharing online over the next 11 years, allowing content sharing to survive the challenges.
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