September 30, 2014

New Working Paper: “Wikipedia Perpetuates Political Bias”

Title Collective Intelligence and Neutral Point of View: The Case of Wikipedia Authors Shane Greenstein Northwestern U. Feng Zhu USC Source National Bureau of Economic Research Abstract We examine whether collective intelligence helps achieve a neutral point of view using data from a decade of Wikipedia’s articles on US politics. Our null hypothesis builds on […]

Reference: MarkMonitor Launches gTLD Info Database

Yesterday, ICANN, an international organization in charge of Internet domain names, announced the names and applicants for new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). We have coverage here. Today, MarkMonitor, a company providing intellectual property services including domain name registrations and monitoring for many companies (including Google), has released a gTLD application information database. The database […]

New Statistics: Older Adults and Internet Use, 53% of U.S. Seniors Now Using Net or Email

Released today by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. From the Overview: As of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email. Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, the latest data represent the first time that half […]

Reference: Final Version of NIST’s Guide to Cloud Computing Now Available

Title Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations Publisher NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technologies) Full Text (81 pages; PDF) Background via FedScoop: NIST releases final version of cloud computing guide Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations (Special Publication 800-146), NIST’s general guide to cloud computing, explains systems in plain language and provides recommendations for information technology […]

New Cisco Forecast Projects the Internet Will Be Four Times as Large (1.3 Zettabytes) in Four Years

From Cisco: Today, Cisco issued results of the annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast (2011-2016), the company’s ongoing initiative to forecast and analyze Internet Protocol (IP) networking growth and trends worldwide. The VNI Forecast update covers 2011-2016, and quantitatively projects the significant amount of IP traffic expected to travel public and private networks, including […]

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report 2012 Now Online

This new 112 page report loaded with Internet statistics that might be of interest to you and/or colleagues not to mention its value as a reference resource. Mary Meeker is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. The report was presented today at the D10 Conference and is embedded […]

New Report from Pew Internet: “Just-In-Time Information Through Mobile Connections”

From the Overview The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project has documented some of the ways that people perform just-in-time services with their cell phones. A new nationally representative survey by the Pew Internet Project has found additional evidence of this just-in-time phenomenon. Some 70% of all cell phone owners and 86% of […]

New European Plan Proposed for Safer Internet for Children and Teenagers

From Euroalert: The European Commission set out a plan for safer internet and better internet content for children and teenagers. In particular, the new strategy is to build up the market for interactive, creative and educational content online, in a partnership between the European Commission and Member States, mobile phone operators, handset manufacturers and providers […]

Dropbox Adds New Feature, Share Direct Links to Items or Folders

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From the Dropbox Blog: Once you’ve saved that video of your niece’s birthday party to Dropbox, just make a link to send to grandma and she can simply watch online — no download required! This saves you the hassle of having to re-upload or attach it to an email. Anyone with the link gets access […]

Canadian Government Cuts Funding for Public Internet Access

From Global News: Ottawa is pulling the plug on its support for a program that helps connect Canadians to affordable Internet access at schools, community centres and libraries. Industry Canada sent out letters on Thursday notifying program coordinators it would not renew funding for the Community Access Program or CAP, a service accessed disproportionately by lower-income […]