Reimagining the Internet

2017

Reimagining the Internet

Conceived a half century ago as an open commons for sharing ideas and promoting research, nobody imagined the Internet would become the province for widespread commercial transaction. It has given rise to spectacular technologies — Google, Amazon, Facebook — many would find it hard to live without. It’s a critical commodity for commerce and individuals alike. But with crippling and increasingly pervasive detriments like hacking, trolling, spam, and disinformation, to name a few, there is mounting concern about the Internet’s efficacy. Even its reputation for augmenting productivity has fallen sharply. Should the Internet be regulated, and who gets to make the rules? How do we keep pace with global cybersecurity when it comes with a $7-trillion price tag? Is it time to rethink this remarkable engine?

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