At “Internetdagarna” 2015 we glanzed both to the future but also to the past. The first keynote speaker, Hilary Mason, told us about a discussion held at Reddit. The substance for the discussion was: “If someone from the 1950’s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about our lives today?” One of the answers was: “I possess a device, in my pocket, that is capable of accessing the entirety of information known to man.Â I use it to look at pictures of cats and get in arguments with strangers.”
Techniques that we could only dream about before is now so cheap so that we can play with it, something that Mason encourage us to do. The dachshund in the picture is wearing a LED-west that it’s humans can control with their phones, an example of a product that we suspect that people in the 1950’s couldn’t even dream about.
The last keynote speaker, Nnenna Nwakanma, chose to look to the future. “Internetdagarna” was held the first time in the year 2000 and is now on it’s sixteenth year. Nwakanma asked the questions on how “Internetdagarna” year 2030 would look like. Which topics will be discussed? Will we see the need to meet face to face? For those who are interested in the history of IT I recommend “Internetdagarnas” archives. Start with thisÂ https://internetdagarna.se/arkiv/2000/Â and move forward.
Nwakanma also talked about the global development for the Internet. The picture on your right shows Facebooks activity over the world in 2014. As expected the U.S and Europe are the one’s most active even though Facebook is global. What happens in Africa? There is 178 million people living in Nigeria. 111 million of them doesn’t have access to Internet. This can be translated in to Germany, Sweden and The Netherlands population together. The development goes fast, in 2014 there was almost ten million Nigerians that took their first steps towards Internet. The map over Facebooks, and the Internet as a whole is about to change. How this will affect the Internets development is impossible to guess. Read more here about statistics from different countries Internet usage. A suitable quote was once said by William Gibson: “The future is here – it’s just not evenly distributed”.
A technique for the future isÂ http2, that we wrote about earlier. All the major browsers supports this and it’s time to figure out how the transaction will be done and how it will impact on your services. For the one’s that are interested we recommend “http2 explained” and also keep your eyes open for future blogposts!
Tobias Järlund at Schibsted Publishing told us about aftonbladet.se, and when they decreased the loading time at their site with 40% which resulted in more visitors and increased results on the time and sites they visited. With this it’s worth mentioning that mobile users see slow loading times as the biggest problem. Almost every fourth user has sworn at their phone and one on twenty has thrown their phone away, read more hereÂ “Your Mobile Website Experience is Frustrating Your Users“.
If you missed “Internetdagarna” but is interested in learning more you can watch most of the keynote speakers at “Internetdagarnas”Â YouTube-channel. If this wasn’t enough we want to finish off with some book tips from some of this years keynote speakers.
Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: MI5, MI6 And the Shayler AffairÂ by Annie Machon
Ain’t Nothing Like FreedomÂ by Cynthia McKinney
The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet FreedomÂ by Evgeny Morozov