[governance] Re: 2009 Predictions Survey invitation

Rebecca MacKinnon rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 13:13:30 EST 2009

I found the binary and linear assumptions behind the questions to be
frustrating and unrelated to reality. I ended up choosing neither in most

On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 9:52 AM, Eric Dierker
<cogitoergosum at sbcglobal.net>wrote:

> I do not predict but I know.  Mass information at our fingertips is
> growing. Ease of access and universality is becoming a reality. This we have
> seen for a decade.  But what we cannot control and what is becoming a common
> truth is  that we are learning to use this knowledge base.
> As it takes a pianist time to master the keys, as it takes an athlete years
> of training to reach a pinnacle, so it is also true with knowledge. As
> individuals we are mastering our abilities and it is becoming common place
> to not only access but to appropriately apply that knowledge.  As
> individuals master and display and add to others quality of life, they, by
> example attract others -- we see this in workplace, home and family, school
> and entertainment.  This synergism is too powerful to control, too good to
> rein in and invincible in the battlefield of social justice.
> We will see in the coming decade a change in paradigm.  Governance will
> change from the primary need to control those governing to a more
> enlightened approach of empowering the governed.  Knowledge will begin to
> replace hype and marketing and soundbites.  Reason with a foundation in
> truth will begin to replace herd mentality.  The most unnoticeable yet most
> overwhelming force will be a shift in language communication that will allow
> those now separated by perceived lack of commonality to become inseparable
> by common understanding.
> There is and will be a major war like never before seen.  It will be the
> institutionalized machinery of conflict whose main weapon is ignorance
> versus the universal acceptance of rights and diversity whose main weapon is
> knowledge and understanding. There is no doubt that in this conflagration
> that finally reason will triumph.
> --- On *Wed, 12/16/09, Lee Rainie <lrainie at survey.psra.com>* wrote:
> From: Lee Rainie <lrainie at survey.psra.com>
> Subject: 2009 Predictions Survey invitation
> To: cogitoergosum at sbcglobal.net
> Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 4:39 PM
>  A few weeks ago, you might have received an email from The Pew Research
> Center’s Internet & American Life Project and Elon University inviting you
> to participate in our ongoing survey of stakeholders about the future of the
> internet. We are very interested in including your views in our research and
> hope you can find time between now and the end of the year to complete the
> questionnaire.
> This web-based survey about international concerns and the internet follows
> three previous surveys of thousands of internet stakeholders that measured
> the expected impact of the internet over the next decade (to see the
> results, please go to (
> www.elon.edu/e-web/predictions/expertsurveys/default.xhtml). This year, we
> are soliciting predictions from thoughtful analysts in regard to a number of
> additional issues tied to the future of information and communications
> technologies (ICTs).
> We hope you'll take 20 to 25 minutes to fill out our survey (to
> participate, you must use Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari as your
> browser). You will find the survey at:
> *http://survey.confirmit.com/wix/p1075078513.aspx*<http://survey.confirmit.com/wix/p1075078513.aspx>
> The survey asks you to choose between alternative outcomes of the impact of
> the internet and mobile connectivity and to contribute your own thoughts
> about what you believe should or will happen by the year 2020. This is a
> confidential survey. However, we encourage you to take credit for your
> thoughts. After each question, you are invited to explain or expand on your
> views. Each elaboration you provide will remain anonymous unless you put
> your name at the start of it.
> When you begin the survey, please use this personal identification number
> (PIN): *YMCNF*
> The Pew Internet Project will issue a report based on this survey in late
> winter 2010; we expect the results to be useful to policy makers, scholars
> and those in the information technology industry. Material from this survey
> will be added to the Elon University/Pew Internet site, Imagining the
> Internet (www.imaginingtheinternet.org). We will not use your name or
> email address for any purpose other than this research project, and we will
> not share your information with outside solicitors.
> We are certain we have not identified all individuals whose views would be
> helpful to this research, so I invite you to send an invitation to
> participate in this survey to any friends or colleagues whose insights would
> be of value. Please ask them to use PIN 9000 when taking the survey. If
> you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at
> lrainie at pewinternet.org<http://us.mc839.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=lrainie@pewinternet.org&subject=Predictions+questions>
> .
> Thank you,
> Lee Rainie
> Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project
> 1615 L Street NW
> Suite 700
> Washington, D.C. 20036
> 202.419-4500
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