ERIC Number: ED452852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
User Perspectives of the Future of the Internet.
This paper presents user perspectives on the future of the Internet. The first section discusses understanding users, including the difference between technology service offerings and potential uses, the need for investigation into the relationship between new communications technology and social behavior, and the shift from supply-led development to a demand-led consumer user and citizen participation focus. The second section addresses the Internet user context, including the contrast between the evolution of the Internet and interactivity for commercial television, the extraordinary growth of the Internet, and the emergence of a commercial marketplace for Internet trading. The third section covers smart Internet technology in the future, including programs of the Cooperative Research Centre for Smart Internet Technology and the evolution of new user possibilities, e.g., users will no longer be dependent on the keyboard and mouse; the new system will be able to respond to user preferences for particular information and services via the Internet; there will be constructed individualized information services as useful personalized agents offered over the Internet; it will be possible to use the Internet to provide users with automated information briefings; people will be able to access the Internet from multiple devices with varying capability; and users will be able to take their information with them access the Internet anywhere and any time. (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Futures (of Society), Information Services, Information Technology, Interaction, Internet, Man Machine Systems, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
For full text: http://www.alia.org.au/conferences/alia2000/proceedings/trev or.barr.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: ALIA 2000. Capitalising on Knowledge: The Information Profession in the 21st Century (Canberra, Australia, October 23-26, 2000); see IR 058 109.