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UK hosting provider imagines web in 2020

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The Web in 2020
Tomorrow’s Generation C will be nicer then today’s Generation X, according to a report by the Social Issues Research Centre (SIRC), conducted on behalf of Rackspace Managed Hosting, a UK hosting provider.

The study, entitled “Life online: The Web in 2020” predicts that Generation C (C standing for content/ connectivity/ creativity/ collaboration/ communication) will be ‘nicer’, more able to communicate with a wider cross section of people and find common ground across previously divisive differences as a result of proliferation of the Internet, versus the previous generations.

The term Generation X comes from a fictional book written in 1991 by Douglas Coupland in which three strangers distance themselves from society. He describes the characters as “underemployed, overeducated, intensely private and unpredictable.”

In contrast, Dr. Peter Marsh of SIRC says: “…’Generation C’ …will be middle aged by 2020. This generation has grown up under the Web ideologies of open access, co-operation, exchange and sharing of information, as will all further generations. This will have profound implications for our society.”

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