IIS blog Internet – our perspective

What will happen on the internet in 2017?

Yet another year is coming to an end and 2016 is going down in history as a year to remember as a year of too many early deaths (Bowie! Prince!) and maybe also the year when we seriously started discussing filter bubbles and the problem with “fake news” on social media. For us “net-heads”, this isn’t a new discussion, similar voices now being raised to demand that Facebook take responsibility for the content its users post on the service have already been heard, both against Facebook and before that against other services.

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Our investments in the infrastructure of the internet

We at IIS reach very many people through our numerous activities to promote the use of the internet. Our broadband speed checking tool Bredbandskollen has millions of users, the school competition Webbstjärnan reaches thousands of students and teachers every year, our annual statistics report Swedes and the internet is read by thousands and we teach loads of children to program through our Kid hacks, just to name a few of them.

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Internet Days clocks stuck at the police

It was November, Internet Days 2015 and just days after the terror attacks in Paris. And despite all of our speaker gifts being packed and ready to go in the taxi to the airport with Hilary Mason, Dan Sinker, Evgenij Morozov, Ethan Zuckerman, Nnenna Nwakanma and Kathryn Parsons, almost all of them took our advice and left Sweden without them. It felt safer to send them through the mail (or so we thought).

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