A new study from the RAND Corporation suggests that the end is nigh for the internet as we know it.
The study, published on Friday in the journal Cybersecurity, found that more than 50 percent of internet users expect the end will come in five years, a number that could easily increase to 80 percent.
The RAND study also found that a third of users expect their communications will be monitored, a significant percentage of which are in countries like China, where the use of social media and online surveillance has grown in the past decade.
But those fears are not entirely unfounded.
A report by the Government Accountability Office earlier this year found that in the US alone, between 2010 and 2015, there were more than 6,300 cyberattacks.
Cyberattacks have become a top priority for US intelligence agencies, who have been focusing on how to stop them.
This year alone, the FBI’s Cyber Division has been working with the Department of Homeland Security to investigate threats from Russian hackers who stole US election data and a breach of the US Navy’s cyber systems.
And US companies like Facebook and Google are being forced to scramble their systems to fend off a spate of cyberattacks from the Chinese.
With the internet so much more secure than ever before, how will we be able to communicate?
While many people still want the internet to remain as it was, a new report by a prominent think tank suggests that our reliance on the internet could be on the wane.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, is a nonprofit organization that coordinates the domain name system.
Since it was founded in 2000, the ICANN has helped maintain the internet’s most essential services.
Among them is the DNS, the database of the names that appear on websites.
DNS works as a network of computer servers that manage the names and address of all web pages that can be viewed by anyone.
Domain names are a crucial part of the internet, and while they are still created by people and companies, ICANN also organizes them into more complex systems that can help secure the internet.
But while ICANN manages the DNS system, the rest of the web is controlled by companies that use it to organize information on websites, like Google and Facebook.
And as the internet has grown, more companies have stepped up to take control of that information.
The number of domains owned by Google alone has risen to more than 1,700.
It now owns almost as many as the entire US Department of Agriculture, with its roughly 500,000 domain names.
These companies are called registrars, and ICANN oversees the organization that controls them.
“The ICANN domain name registry is the backbone of the entire internet,” said Brian Krebs, who is one of ICANN’s top administrators.
“Its core functions are to manage the DNS and to manage all the other DNS and web hosting services that are used by the internet community.”
ICANN is a part of Alphabet, the Alphabet subsidiary that owns Google, but the ICNA group is actually the biggest part of it.
ICANN was created in 2002, and now oversees nearly 20 million domains.
The domain name industry is still in its infancy, but ICANN and its other members are trying to establish a framework to help manage the growing data that will be made available through the internet in the years ahead.
For instance, it plans to create an Internet Privacy Registry, or IP Registry, that will coordinate the process for companies like Google to get their data on the public record.
The ICANN project also plans to develop a standard that would help registrers like Google use their IP addresses to identify users, so that they don’t fall through the cracks.
That will allow them to track and block anyone who tries to log into their domain, and will make it easier for registrarians to keep track of people who want to register domains, such as celebrities.
And while the ICAN project is still relatively new, there is one other important project in the works.
Google is working on an internal project to create a standard for the naming of data.
That effort is called the Data Usage Specification, or DUS.
While this is a relatively small project, it is one that could affect the entire industry.
Google already uses its DUS to collect information about the users of its search results pages.
And if a domain name is used in a search query, the Google service could use that data to determine whether it is being used for a business, or whether it belongs to someone else.
That could have a huge impact on what companies can do to help protect their customers.
In a statement, ICAN Director of Public Policy and Strategy David Segal said, “ICANN and Google have already proven their capacity to work together to ensure that the internet remains the open platform for the free exchange of ideas and information that we all enjoy.”
If this is indeed the end, what can we do?
If you think that your business or organization is vulnerable to a cyberattack