In just a few years, the Internet has gone from a technical wonder (I found a Usenet group on Dungeons and Dragons) to an essential part of our lives (online banking, and cat pictures!) – to something that might feel broken, or even toxic (what do you mean my kid’s doll is surveilling their conversations??).
In fact, the Internet we know is breaking. And it’s not because of a technical malfunction. Our political, social, and economic systems are being re-shaped based on new technologies and their unintended consequences.
Our opportunity–as citizens, employees, and leaders–is to embrace with gusto the once-in-a-century opportunity to renegotiate the terms of our endearment with our powerful new machines.
We can’t put Internet 1.0 back together again, and we shouldn’t—because now we can build something better!
Check out our new piece on Quartz exploring what’s happening, and let us know what you think about our ideas for three initial steps we can each take tomorrow to embrace the future.