November 24, 2017

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 […]

New Issue of JISC Inform Features Interview with Harvard’s Robert Darnton About Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

Issue 33 (Spring 2012) of JISC Inform was released earlier today. Direct to Complete Table of Contents Articles Include: Digital Public Library of America “Robert Darnton, director of the University Library at Harvard, explains his vision of the Digital Public Library of America” The article also includes links to video of Darnton’s JISC/SCONUL Lecture in […]

New from IMLS: "Building Digital Communities: New Resource to Help Communities Bridge the Digital Divide"

New from the Institute of Museum and Library Services: There are still 100 million Americans who do not have a broadband connection to the Internet. This sobering statistic has profound implications for economic success, educational achievement, and civic life. Communities face difficult challenges in their efforts to provide digital opportunity for all their residents. The […]

Access to Information: "Reporters Without Borders Publishes Internet Enemies 2012" Report

Web Version of List ||| Download Full Text Report (With Country Profiles) (72 pages; PDF) From a Summary: Two countries, Bahrain and Belarus, have been moved from the “under surveillance” category to the “Enemies of the Internet” list, joining the ranks of the countries that restrict Internet freedom the most: Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, North […]

Canada: "Copyright Bill Hits the Home Stretch"

From The Toronto Star: “The Canadian Independent Music Association is seeking changes that would create new liability risks for social networking sites, search engines, blogging platforms, video sites, and many other websites featuring third party contributions. It is also calling for a new iPod tax, an extension in the term of copyright, a removal of […]

W3C Launches Work to Simplify Creation of Content in World's Languages

From W3C: Many of the largest and most successful enterprises use the Web to reach customers around the world. Providing information in local languages is pivotal to their business. Today W3C announced new work to make it easier for people to create Web content in the world’s languages. The new MultilingualWeb–LT (Language Technology) Working Groupwill […]

New Issue of Information Technology and Libraries Published and Available Online, Publication is Now Open Access

This is the first issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) that is open access. Congrats, kudos and thanks to LITA for making the switch to open access. ITAL is also now an e-only publication. Learn more in this blog post. Table of Contents Information Technology and Libraries Vol 31, No 1 (2012) President’s Message: […]

Reference: National Broadband Map Updated, New Data Added

From the National Telecommunications and Information Administration: Just over a year ago, we unveiled the National Broadband Map – an unprecedented, interactive map that shows what high-speed Internet services are available in the United States. Powered by a searchable database of more than 20 million records, the map is the most extensive set of U.S. […]

Statistics: How Americans are Spending their Media Time… and Money

From Nielsen: Americans spend more than 33 hours per week watching video across the screens, according to the latest Nielsen Cross-Platform Report. But how they’re consuming content—traditional TV and otherwise—is changing. Demonstrating that consumers are increasingly making Internet connectivity a priority, 75.3 percent pay for broadband Internet (up from 70.9% last year); 90.4 percent pay […]

Google/Ipsos Release Mobile Internet & Smartphone Adoption Statistics For US, UK, Germany, France and Japan

New research from a Google/Ipsos Partnership. From a Google Mobile Ads Blog Post: Mobile devices are mainstream. In fact, according to our newest research more consumers in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan use a mobile phone (feature phone or smartphone) than a computer (desktop or laptop). But our most significant findings centered on […]