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Looking to the Internet's future

What will tomorrow's Internet look like?

In 2016, the Internet Society launched a project to take stock of the key forces of change that could impact the future of the Internet. We engaged with a broad community of Members, Chapters, experts and partners. We conducted two global surveys that generated more than 2,500 responses from 160 countries and economies. In addition, we interviewed more than 130 Internet experts and hosted 10 virtual roundtables.

Throughout the project, our community has reaffirmed the importance of three issue areas that will likely be significantly impacted in the future: Digital Divides; Personal Freedoms and Rights; and Media and Society. These areas are core to the Internet Society’s focus on putting the user at the forefront when considering the future of the Internet.  

The six Drivers of Change are the game-changing forces that the community has identified as shaping the future of the Internet and having a significant impact on the three areas identified above.  

Click on the boxes below to view a high-level description of the priorities identified by our community: the six Drivers of Change in blue and the three Areas of Impact in green.

Read the full report in September.