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What We All Need To Know About The Impacts of A Truly Global Internet

Humans are more connected now than ever before. With the invention of the Internet we have established unprecedented, instantaneous access to (1) each other through social media, texting, and emails; (2) businesses by way of e-commerce; and (3) information through search engines like Google. The world is literally at our fingertips.

However, half the global population is behind on the digital revolution and there is great regional disparity in the availability of affordable Internet. While reports show a growth rate of one million new users a day from 2018-2019, approximately 3 billion people are still not connected.

SpaceX, Softbank, Amazon, Google, Virgin, and Facebook are competing to close the gap and are racing to provide worldwide Internet infrastructure to rural and low-income areas. Harvard Business Review anticipates that within the next 3-5 years, “most of the planet will have some access to reliable, if somewhat expensive, broadband.”

But what are the implications associated with this kind of connectivity? What should businesses and consumers focus on? I believe there are 3 areas that are not getting enough attention.

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Cindy Martinez

Cindy Martinez

Cindy Martinez has spent her career focusing on cutting edge and complex issues at the forefront of national security. She served 5 years at the Department of Homeland Security where she advised senior leadership on cybersecurity and emerging technology trends. She also negotiated policies and recommended solutions in order to create new Federal initiatives and evaluate the U.S. Government’s effectiveness in areas such as artificial intelligence, offensive cyber operations, vulnerability disclosure, and the national security space domain. She is an analyst with OODA LLC , which publishes CTOvision.com and OODAloop.com.