The United States Internet Council, in cooperation with International Technology and Trade Associates, has released the 2001 State of the Internet Report.
This is the third annual survey in a series that examines the growth of the Internet and explores key legal, business, and social trends in the online world.
The Internet continued to grow at a very rapid pace and surpassed a half-billion online users in 2001. In fact, the Internet is growing so rapidly that the architecture of the Internet is being compelled to reshape itself with a new IP structure and new Top Level and multilingual domains. The dotcom slowdown requires that online businesses reorganize structures and strategies to “right size” their operations for the new economy. In 2001, e-commerce continued to grow and online business became more mainstream. The 2001 report is divided into six main sections.
Section 1, The Global Internet, provides an overview of online demographics. In 2001 the online population crossed the half billion milestone and online demographics began to increasingly reflect offline realities. Significantly, native English speakers lost their dominance in 2001 and now represent approximately 45% of the online population.
Section 2, Net Society, surveys how people use the Web and how government is adapting policy to address the impact the Internet is having on issues such as free-speech, privacy, access, taxation, and copyright protection. Section 3, Technology, reviews technological innovations that are changing the shape of the Web and pushing the capabilities of the medium. Section 4, Electronic Business, assesses the aftermath of the dotcom downturn and considers why some online business venture failed, while others took root and continue to growth.
Section 5, Online Government, focuses on the widespread global adoption of e-government around the world.
In Section 6, Looking Forward, the United States Internet Council recognizes that it will be very difficult in the coming years to reconcile competing visions of Internet jurisdiction and development. The Council offers four basic principles for Internet leaders and policymakers, which we believe will hold true over the coming years.
I. The Council is certain that Internet services for the free and developed nations of the world will continue to bring far more benefits than problems for governments and the citizens they serve.
II. The Council believes that the best approach to Internet policy is one that allows the freest possible flow of information and the most unfettered access for all people to the benefits of the medium.
III. The Council recognizes that like newspapers, radio, television, movies, and other mass media that have transcended geographic boundaries in the past, the Internet in years to come will mirror the same cultural, economic, social, and political fault lines that underlie all international relations.
IV. The Council does not anticipate that these fault lines will nullify the unmistakable benefits of the Internet for most of the world`s people. But we do urge more serious academic study than has heretofore been conducted on how those who manage the architecture of the Internet might best accommodate, on a voluntary basis, those cultures that feel threatened by outside influences and still remain true to the first principles of free speech.
Copies of the report are available for purchase at $29.95 per copy plus shipping and handling and may be ordered online at www.itta.com .
This year`s report is the third edition of the State of the Internet and builds upon the progress reported in past years. Last year`s report has become a cornerstone document for understanding Internet trends and has been cited by publications such as Foreign Policy and the White House`s 2000 Working Group report on e-commerce. The 2001 edition also includes contributions from leading online decision-makers from both the public and private sectors. Contributing organizations include:
* EU Information Society Directorate
* Hughes Network Systems (HNS)
* IBM Institute for Electronic Government
* Japan MultiMedia Forum (JMF)
* Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MoFAT)
* Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC)
* The European Internet Foundation (EIF)
The United States Internet Council is a non-profit Internet promotion and education organization. Formed in 1996, the U.S. Internet Council brings policymakers and industry leaders together to create a dialogue to facilitate understanding between these two communities and ensure continued dynamic Internet growth. The report was prepared for the Council by a team of industry experts headed by ITTA Inc., a Washington D.C.-based international business consulting firm.