The overall verdict: The internet has been a plus for society and an especially good thing for individual users
It’s a question not many consider given how embedded the internet is in their lives. The typical web user has 25 online accounts, ranging from email to social media profiles and bank accounts, according to a 2007 study from Microsoft. But families, companies and legislators are just starting to sort out who owns and has access to these accounts after someone has died.
Many companies are competing to provide consumers with ways to stream content among all their digital devices, but there's still a segment of Americans who own only one device -- a cell-phone.
Are you checking email or tweeting or texting as you read this session description? Today, many of us are hyper-connected through the web, mobile technologies and social media.
Lee Rainie discussed the findings of the most recent expert surveys on the future of the internet.
Experts expect more-efficient collaborative environments and new grading schemes; they worry about massive online courses, the shift away from on-campus life
While many see promise in the future of data analysis, some fear that work with gigantic stores of information could lead to privacy abuses and mistaken forecasts
Corporate responsibility: How far will tech firms go in helping repressive regimes?
Experts think tech-enhanced homes, appliances, and utilities will spread. But those systems are complex and so far there is low public demand, so they advise: Don't expect to see the "Home of the Future" by 2020.
Associate Director Kristen Purcell shares Pew Internet's latest data on mobile, social networking, and e-reading in her keynote address for the 2012 State University of New York Librarians Association Annual Conference in New York City.