Documentary coverage of IGF-USA by the Imagining the Internet Center

What We Don’t Know About the Future of the Internet – Part III

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lee_rainie 3Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project:

Who owns information? For how long?

Rainie delved into his “second uncertainty,” by asking questions.

“How much of information and media can legitimately be remixed or shared?

“How much will people pay to access information and media that matters to them?

“How much personal information that is revealed online – advertently and inadvertently – should be catalogued and synthesized and then used for marketing purposes?”

He cited a new Pew Internet survey that found that more than half of adult Internet users in the United States and three-quarters of teens create content and share personal profiles on social networks. Pew found that 15 percent of adult Internet users and 21 percent of teen users mash up digital content, finding information and reworking it to share with others.

Every knowledge industry and media company is affected by these changes. Every individual whose personal information ends up online or in a database is affected. And yet we are still in the early stages of figuring out what business models will survive and what social activities will be affected. – Lee Rainie

Rainie’s prediction? He said when Generation Y (those under 25) come of age and come to power the idea of property will be different.

The generation that grew up with the Internet and other digital technologies has very different notions from its parents’ generation about what constitutes fair use, the power or impotence of copyright protections, what it means to mash up and share content and what it means to live life with higher levels of personal disclosure.  – Rainie

-Janna Anderson, http://www.imaginingtheinternet.org

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Written by andersj

October 2, 2009 at 3:50 pm

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