A Brave New World: How does the Internet Affect Societies

The Internet Society and the International Security Department at Chatham House will be holding an event on May 11, 2017 on the Internet and its impact on society, to mark the Internet Society’s 25th anniversary.

In little more than a generation, the Internet has transformed ways of communicating, transacting and accessing knowledge.  For the earliest adopters, the Internet promised a new home of the mind, and offered new possibilities for addressing the challenges facing the world.

Yet, mounting concerns over the impacts of globalization, rising social and cultural divides, and the spread of false or misleading information online all raise uncomfortable pressing questions: is the Internet eliminating divisions in society, or is it accentuating them?