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Which Direction Will the Internet Go? Take Our Survey and Help Us Explore the Forces at Work

In the past seven years, the number of people online has essentially doubled, from 1.7 billion in 2009 to about 3.4 billion today. New and innovative services have also emerged and people and companies around the world are using the Internet in ways barely imagined at the turn of the decade.

Looking ahead to the next five to seven years, there are many forces at work that could have a significant impact on the Internet. The Internet Society is exploring these forces to understand the possible directions the Internet could take.

In March, we conducted an initial survey to gather ideas on the trends and issues both globally and regionally that could impact the Internet. We received hundreds of responses from around the globe, and used this input to build a list of some of the issues on the horizon.

We've created a new survey to explore how these issues might unfold over the next five to seven years. We'd like to hear your views. Your responses will help us create a series of stories of what the Internet could look like in the future.

The survey should take approximately 25 minutes to complete and is open until June 26. To participate, visit: http://fotisurvey.isoc.org.

We are looking for a broad range of responses, so please share the survey with your network.

The link to the survey is also available on our homepage for the project at http://www.internetsociety.org/future-internet

If you have questions, contact us at [email protected].

Note: an earlier version of this post appeared on the Internet Society blog.

By Karen Rose, Senior Director, Office of Strategy and Research, Internet Society

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