Online privacy will still be a mess a decade from now, experts say


The shifting sands of online privacy are not going to solidify any time soon, judging by the responses to a recent survey of technology experts, internet pioneers and prominent sociologists done by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project. The survey asked respondents whether they thought the minefield of issues surrounding online privacy rights would be solved either by government or by society as a whole by 2025. The verdict? Not bloody likely.

The report is part of a series of studies the Pew Center has done to mark the 25th anniversary of Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the worldwide web, and includes responses from hundreds of experts as well as some anonymous answers from those who didn’t want to provide their names. The main question was: “Will policy makers and technology innovators create a secure, popularly accepted, and trusted privacy-rights infrastructure by 2025?”

A little over half of the respondents…

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