Emerging Internet Trends that will Shape the Global Economy
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Emerging Internet Trends that will Shape the Global Economy

Date: Monday, July 14th, 2014
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET (16:30 – 18:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

Students from Tonga's Tailulu College making the most of new high-speed broadband services at 2013 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day celebrations in the the Tongan capital, Nuku'alofa. Nukua'lofa, Tonga. Photo: Tom Perry / World Bank

There are about 2.8 billion Internet users worldwide, about a third of them in developing countries. Worldwide, the Internet has greatly changed the way in which many people work, play, communicate, and consume. It is helping firms to create new products and expand to new markets. And it enables governments to provide better services more cheaply.

Continuing technical advances and falling costs mean that many more people will be able to go online in the future and that a rising share of activities and services will be facilitated by the Internet. Broadband access and mobile applications are still limited in many developing countries, but growing fast.

At the same time, the Internet, which was designed as an open and global resource, is facing a number of threats. They include the possible balkanization of the Internet into several sub-networks (what Google chairman Eric Schmidt called the “splinternet”), rising concerns about cybercrime, and the trade-offs between privacy concerns and the risks of excessive anonymity.

These issues raise difficult questions about the Internet’s future contribution to economic growth and whether low and middle income countries will be able to leverage the Internet to catch up with wealthier nations.

Based on his decades of experience, the well-known Internet pioneer Vinton G. Cerf will talk about the major emerging trends and threats about the Internet that will dramatically shape the global economy, followed by a townhall style conversation with World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu and an opportunity for Q&A.

This is a World Development Report 2016: Internet for Development seminar series.

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