Jeff Gelles: The Web continues to alter the human experience. It now reaches nearly three billion people worldwide, living up to what once seemed a grandiose name. But as it grows truly ubiquitous, some who helped shape today's Web see an increasingly cloudy future, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.
The Internet's biggest stories last week - news about the 'Net, that is, not Turkish mine disasters, California wildfires, or the latest lunacy from NBA owner Donald Sterling - unfolded on two continents, thousands of miles apart. But both offered a valuable reminder of something easily forgotten: We're still in the early days of a world-changing technology, and still struggling - often against some mighty interests - to get it right.
Jeff Gelles covers consumer and technology topics for the Inquirer and writes the weekly Consumer 14.0 and Tech Life columns for The Inquirer. He welcomes comments in this blog as well as calls and e-mails about consumers' concerns. Contact him at 215-854-2776 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeffgelles.