ISOC Open Forum congregates IGF community that shares the common goal of an open and trusted Internet. The Internet is one of the most important tools of our time, but we can’t take its future for granted. There are many challenges and forces of change impacting the Internet today. And the direction in which they evolve in the next will have a profound impact on users globally. At the Internet Society Open Forum, we will host a participatory and interactive session about the Internet’s future. Earlier this year, we embarked on a project gather community input and look into the forces of change impacting the Internet in the next 7 years. We received over 1,100 responses from some 134 countries around the world. Many believe we are in a time of great uncertainty regarding the future of the Internet — an inflection point. The evolution an intersection of issues such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, the future role of government, the evolution of cybersecurity, privacy, and rights, emerging business models, and the future of access are presenting both opportunity and risk. At this session, and consistent with the theme of the IGF, we would like your participation to discuss and debate key questions being raised by our community about the future of access and Internet opportunities in 7 years time, including:
- Even if we achieve a world where everyone has Internet access, will all segments of society have an equal opportunity to meaningfully participate in and benefit from the Internet?
- Will countries that are ahead in Internet technology, infrastructure, and innovation simply accelerate their lead in the future or will developing regions equalize the gap?
- Will differences in connection technology, quality, and level of Internet openness lead to fundamentally different Internet experiences and levels of opportunity in the future?
- What do various stakeholders need to do now in order to accelerate more equal opportunities to benefit from the Internet of the future?
Participate in the Internet Society Open Forum and make yourself heard! In addition to expanding everyones thinking on access, the input from the session will be used to help create different scenarios for the future of the Internet, as part of our collaborative project with the community.
Moderator: Sebastian Bellagamba, Regional Bureau Director for Latin America and Caribbean
Name of Speaker(s)
Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development
Raúl Echeberría, Vice President of Global Engagement
Karen Rose, Senior Director of Strategy & Analysis