Reflecting on the enormous speed with which the Internet now permeates business, research, data-flows, and the speed both of critically pertinent information and decision-making capabilities, the Offsite challenged the sixty-plus participants to look over the horizon, extrapolating from current trends while mindful that exponential technological and other changes make predictions for the Internet in 2025 difficult – yet crucially important – particularly as Asian Internet usage takes a commanding global lead.
Consensus on an action agenda was never intended, but a range of take-aways emerged from the breadth and depth of pressing issues addressed. A commonality of purpose was palpable – to facilitate and encourage thoughtful dialogue on fundamental principles underlying the Internet’s evolving complexities and utility.
The program was sponsored by the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a university consortium of 45 universities throughout the Asia-Pacific Region, and with the cooperation of the National Bureau of Asian Research, a leading research think-tank on the U.S. West Coast with deep ties in Washington D.C.
As host, APIDE is pleased to provide a summary of the Internet Business Offsite’s proceedings, inviting others to join this timely, forward-looking dialogue.