Intertitle: What are your hopes for the future Internet? Your fears? What action should be taken now for the best future?
Adiel Akplogan: My hope is that the Internet continues to develop based on its underlying culture, which is an open technology that is accessible to everyone. A technology that allows innovation without permission. I think that is key, and from my own example, if I didn’t have the opportunity to take that technology openly because it was accessible and innovate and do things without asking anyone, I wouldn’t have done what I did. So my hope is for the Internet to continue to be that technology. The technology that gives opportunity to people to do things without having to ask anyone.
That said, it has another corollary which is because it is open, because it’s available for everyone, because everyone can do whatever they want with the Internet, it poses another social issue. Which is security. How do we make sure that everybody knows and implements the best practices that make the Internet stable, secure, where people can still have confidence in the technology. And that I think is my fear. How do we make sure that we close, as much as possible, the gap between the development of the technology and the policymaking? We need to make sure that both coalesce at some point to allow the technology to develop but also to allow people to be confident that this technology not only impacts their lives but can help solve a lot of problems that we have. But we need to match the technology development with policy that can give and improve the confidence of users.
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