Intertitle: What are your hopes for the future Internet? Your fears? What action should be tak­en now for the best future?

Jean Armour Polly: Well you know the Internet back in the day was con­sid­ered the Wild West. And then it got kind of civ­i­lized for a while but now it’s going back there. And a lot of these things were pre­dict­ed, and we were told about them—we were warned about them. Things like loss of pri­va­cy and malev­o­lence on the Internet and mal­ware. We were warned, and a lot of us um, put on our rose-colored glass­es and said oh well, let’s go chas­ing water­falls any­way. And we did that. And there has to be more strin­gent con­cern about these issues than there is cur­rent­ly. I think it’s get­ting there, but I’m wor­ried about it. I’m wor­ried about it get­ting even worse. So that peo­ple would be aban­don­ing parts of it. I mean we see peo­ple get­ting off Facebook for exam­ple now because they don’t like being a prod­uct of their per­son­al infor­ma­tion. And I think we’ll see more and more of that. I wish peo­ple knew more about two-factor authen­ti­ca­tion and some of these things that exist, but right now they’re all just sor­ta too geeky for people.

Further Reference

Internet Hall of Fame pro­file