The Evolving Role of the Internet in our Lives

In the past several months, the Internet has reached an unprecedented level of importance. As a result the IGF-USA 2020 will be the most important yet, focusing on the issues that will not only have an immediate impact, but shape the future of the Internet for years to come. Thankfully, Pew Research has done incredible work to help frame these discussions in data.

In past years, Pew has been a valuable contributor to the IGF-USA, bringing their data and expertise to guide and moderate discussions about important issues such as the digital divide, techlash, and more! This year, we didn’t think it was fair to limit their contribution to a single topic, so we are organizing a dedicated session focused on their research on the digital divide, privacy, education, telework, and the numerous ways in which Americans have used and relied on technology during the pandemic.

This session provides a preview of the IGF-USA 2020 and an in-depth overview of the recent relevant research from Pew, led by Lee Rainie, Director of Internet and Technology Research at Pew Research Center, to lead the presentation of Pew’s research.