Andrew Sullivan, President and CEO of The Internet Society speaks at AUB in Beirut, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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If the internet is to remain an open space, Lebanon might be well-placed to play a role in keeping it that way, according to Andrew Sullivan, the CEO and president of the Internet Society. Sullivan was recently appointed to his position in the global organization, which says it is "dedicated to ensuring that the internet stays open, transparent and defined by its users". He lost no time this week in acquainting himself with its chapter in Lebanon, which he described as "very active and effective". Sullivan said the organization had been preparing a global internet report this year, but had stalled the project as it came up with more questions than answers.With 75 percent of Lebanon's population using the internet as of 2016, in addition to a sizable number of digital experts in the country, Sullivan described Lebanon as a hub of opportunity for attracting digital development.He claimed that the social consequences of cutting-edge technologies, such as the "internet of things," which is predicted to connect millions of everyday objects to the internet by the middle of the century, would be neither unambiguously positive nor negative, but would rather provide an opportunity for "tremendous human development".
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