Friday, October 28, 2011

Everyone will have access to the internet in less than 10 years

I'm making the call now. In 5-10 years everyone who wants access to the internet will have it. Already we're seeing tablets win over people who previously thought computers too complex to use and maintain. Cheap smart-phones are selling like hotcakes across Africa. Investment in mobile networks in the developing world has been very high for over a decade as it struggles to keep up with demand.

We've often talked about the internet being a tool for democracy. I'm not sure we ever really believed it until protests started across the arab world. But now that there are seemingly pointless protests across the world following the #occupy tags it seems the world is never going to be quite the same. Now protests (violent or otherwise) can be spawned by a hashtag with very little basis beyond that. Still not sure how I feel about that.