International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) has identified security, privacy, copyright law, net neutrality, and maintaining an open Web as the top five challenges facing the medium in the next five years, as the medium enters in its 3rd decade of existence
The members of IADAS, 750 global members that also serve as judging body for Webby Awards, identified the above mentioned issues as top challenges for internet in the near future.
Among the members of IADAS there are Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, Arianna Huffington, John Battelle, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
Protecting Privacy – The Internet’s great trade-off is that while you get access to the rest of the world, the rest of the world gets access to you, which poses risks to consumers. The industry must demystify the privacy debate and establish global standards, with transparent policies, and educating consumers on its practices.
Modernizing Copyright Laws – The Internet’s power as a medium for creators to distribute their work continues to grow, but still the current copyright laws are out of date. To help the Internet fulfill its potential, new and modernized copyright laws must reflect the current relationship between technology and creativity.
Ensuring Net Neutrality – Ensuring that all Internet traffic is treated equally is a worthy and complicated goal. Industry leaders and policymakers must identify together solutions that will guarantee fair treatment of all Internet traffic. Also, those solutions must provide ISPs enough flexibility to efficiently manage their networks and services.
Maintaining the Open Web – maintaining interconnectivity must be one of the main issues to be taken in consideration.
Strengthening Internet Security – Everyone must re-evaluate how they share, store, and publish sensitive information on the Internet – take steps to ensure it is protected.
The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile websites.
Established in 1996, The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
This year, the entries can be submitted until January 28th