Worldchanging contributor and board member, Ethan Zuckerman is featured this week in an interview in New Scientist, in which he discusses the future of the web in terms of global access, user demographics, the digital divide, and how connectivity impacts social change.
The internet recently passed a milestone: its billionth user ventured online. Yet the idea that we all work and play on a common global internet is merely an illusion. In reality, the web is becoming ever more fragmented, and international borders are increasingly visible online. More and more web pages are appearing in languages other than English. China has more than 130 million internet users and is starting to play by its own rules. Soon to follow are the Middle East, India, Russia and Brazil. Is the technology that we thought was uniting us really dividing us?
Read another interview with Ethan here, from the Worldchanging archives.