The lack of confidence in technology will be solved thanks to… technology. This is the result of a study by the Pew research center and the University of Elon (USA) in which about half of the participants in a survey distributed among more than 1,2000 experts in the digital universe argue that the advances being made in this field – on identification of Internet users, authentication of data, etc. – will contribute to convince the most skeptical about the security of the current uses of the Web, mobile devices, social networks, etc.
The need for companies and institutions that depend on their credibility and reliability is a prime incentive. Those who express themselves in this way also think that the extension of technological habits in the lives of an increasing number of citizens will reinforce this positive effect. As is usual with reference to digital transformations, young people will play a very prominent role. From US Ignite, Glenn Ricart, with forty years of experience, places his hope concretely on the millennials. Another participant in the Pew report, Adrian Hope-Bailie, director of virtual payments firm Ripple, emphasizes the close relationship of areas as diverse as finance, health, education or politics in this debate.
Analysts place their hope on the change over the younger, especially the millennials,
Proof of this is that, as philosopher Stephen Downes of the National Research Council of Canada recalls , ” we travel all over the world to attend lectures and sleep in rented houses of people we know only on the internet …” What would we think of an airplane pilot who has never trained in a simulator? What would you say about an attorney who, while preparing for his cases, does not use computer services to recover jurisprudence? “, Adds this expert before solving:” We believe in them precisely because they are taking advantage of the technology in their tasks. ”
Be that as it may, Professor David R. Karger of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), recommends maintaining a “healthy distrust”, and encourages the public not to give up the surveillance of the 2.0 environment. Mike Roberts, who was the first president of the Internet Corporation for the assignment of names and numbers, warns that the benefits of “comfort, quality, quantity, etc.” of digital systems “will lead to the development of” protection techniques “.”Biometrics, encryption, etc. compete in this race with darker forces, “disagrees Richard Adler, Institute for the future.
Philosopher Stephen Downes asks: “What would we think of a pilot who has never trained in a simulator?
Professor Emeritus of the University of Pennsylvania (United States) Oscar Gandy adds: “Let’s hope the audience understands the multitude of ways in which their content and materials are used by politicians.” His colleague Hume Winzar of the Australian University of Macquarie is trying to bring peace of mind by saying that governments and organizations, for their own sake, want to make management and communications safer. Sam Anderson, who works for the University of Massachusetts Amherst (USA), sums it up: “The Web will be ubiquitous.”
A UK government analyst, David Durant, extends this same idea: “People who have grown up with mobile technology and social networks, which have interacted with companies and authorities, etc., consider this dimension to be normal “. Abundant scientific literature links this “social capital” with “economic development,” “cohesion,” “welfare,” “personal happiness.” On the other hand, the lack of trust is described as a factor that unleashes “chaos”, “paralysis” and even “violence”.
Governments and companies, for their own sake, want management and communications to be more reliable.