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Monday, September 25, 2006

Internet for everyone by 2020

Key technologists and futurists have agreed that a low cost Internet will be available to the vast majority of the world's population by the year 2020.

Experts say the digital communications infrastructure would expand massively by 2020. By then it would cover regions and populations currently left out of digital society. It would also stretch far beyond today's personal computers to encompass billions of devices in every walk of life.

46% of the experts also had serious reservations about the spread of the net, including the loss of personal privacy and the danger that humans could lose control of the technology they create.

More than half of respondents disagreed that English would become so dominant as the lingua franca of the internet that it would displace other languages.

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