A majority of Americans feel that their privacy is being challenged along such core dimensions as the security of their personal information and their ability to retain confidentiality.
28% of registered voters use their cell phone to follow political news, and 16% follow political figures on social media.
Experts believe nations, rogue groups, and malicious individuals will step up their assaults on communications networks, targeting institutions, financial services agencies, utilities, and consumers over the next decade.
73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed in some way online and 40% have personally experienced it.
Experts foresee changes across all aspects of life as digital connectivity advances. They predict hyper-personalized interactions, 3D holograms, immersive virtual reality and a deepening dependency upon machines as we navigate our lives.
Millennials are more likely than older adults to have used a library website in the past year and just as likely to have read a book, but they are among the least likely to say that libraries are important: just 19% say their library’s closing would have a major impact on them.
Our case study found people were less likely to discuss the Snowden-NSA story on social media than they were in person. And if they thought their friends and followers disagreed with them, they were less likely to want to discuss the issue at all.
Experts anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of our work and daily lives by 2025, but they are divided on whether these advances will displace more jobs than they create.
Tech experts hope the open structure of the internet will prevail in the coming decade. But they also fear threats to the internet’s connectivity arising from efforts by nations to restrict content, increased surveillance, and commercialization of too much online activity.
Experts predict the rise of embedded and wearable computing will enhance our health, productivity, safety and access to information. But it will also bring challenges to personal privacy, over-hyped expectations and tech complexity that boggles us.