Researchers at Elon University and the Pew Internet, Science & Technology Project are canvassing technology innovators, entrepreneurs, analysts, digital professionals and the highly engaged public twice over the span between July 2017 and July 2018, asking them to answer questions about current trends and imagine what may evolve. Thousands of predictions are being shared in these reports, illuminating hopes and identifying challenges.
What is the future of trusted, verified information online?
1,116 respondents replied between July and early August 2017 to the following prompt: The rise of "fake news" and the proliferation of doctored narratives that are spread by humans and bots online are challenging publishers and platforms. Those trying to stop the spread of false information are working to design technical and human systems that can weed it out and minimize the ways in which bots and other schemes spread lies and misinformation. The question - In the next 10 years, will trusted methods emerge to block false narratives and allow the most accurate information to prevail in the overall information ecosystem? Or will the quality and veracity of information online deteriorate due to the spread of unreliable, sometimes even dangerous, socially-destabilizing ideas?
Do you have a suggestion for our next research question? Consider today's trends and the challenges and opportunities that are likely to be looming ahead in the next decade. What is another vital question we should be considering, as we move ahead into a fascinating and sometimes frustrating or even frightening future of digital communications? Send your ideas to: predictions at elon dot edu.