Internet Use/New Technologies

15 November 2006

Surfing to Excess: How Much Is Too Much? Washington Post

More Internet users say their time online is interfering with their lives; medical communities are taking their complaints seriously.

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Websites face four-second cut-off BBC

Shoppers are likely to abandon a website if it takes longer than four seconds to load, a survey suggests.

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11 November 2006

Baffled GPs urged to try diagnosis by Google The Times

If in doubt, Google it, doctors puzzling over a diagnosis have been told. The internet search engine used by millions of people to find a plumber or discover what their house is worth is also pretty handy when it comes to putting a name to unusual ailments.

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10 November 2006

Blogosphere sees healthy growth BBC

100,000 new blogs are started each day and the number of blogs responding to political issues is also on the rise.

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04 November 2006

Back to the future, with a Victorian flavour The Guardian

There's a line of thought which argues that the internet will liberate the masses and allow us to achieve self-actualisation. "With technology," the proponents exclaim, "economies will spiral upwards, national boundaries will dissolve and people will work only for self-enlightenment!" And today's mighty panacea, often referred to as "user-generated content", will bring joy to the world and peace to us all.

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03 November 2006

Berners-Lee to head web research project The Guardian

The influence the internet has on the way we socialise and live our lives is to become the focus of a new field of study under the leadership of the inventor of the world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee.

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Web inventor fears for the future BBC

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British developer of the world wide web, says he is worried about the way it could be used to spread "misinformation and "undemocratic forces".

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Internet milestone: 100 million websites Sydney Morning Herald

The first website went online in August 1991 and, now 15 years later, the 100-million website mark has been cracked.

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02 November 2006

The internet's future is out of this world by Vint Cerf ZDNet

In 2006 most people in the developed world would find it hard to imagine life without the internet; never before has a single technology become so central to our lives so quickly. Email, search, e-commerce, social networking sites -- hundreds of millions of people use them every day. But the original internet was a very different world. Designed in 1973, the idea was to enable the US Defence Department to integrate computers into its command and control system. Of course, it was also immediately adopted by its academic developers for their own uses!

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23 October 2006

Making the web accessible for all BBC

Despite many efforts to move away from those most traditional interfaces - the ubiquitous computer keyboard and mouse - they remain the bedrock on which nearly all computer interfaces rest.

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20 October 2006

US shows signs of net addiction BBC

More than one in eight adults in the US show signs of being addicted to the internet, a study has shown.

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19 October 2006

Zittrain on the Future of the Internet Harvard Cyber Law

Steve Ryan, Director of London School of Economist's Centre for Learning Technology, guest blogged on about Berkman Prof. Jonathan Zittrain's presentation on the future of the Internet at LSE on October 13, 2006. If you're interested in 'the future of the Internet,' the long-term trend of parsing out Internet functions to specialized devices, or the One Laptop Per Child Initiative, check out this summary of Zittrain's talk:

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11 October 2006

Google VP says youth determine Internet future USA Today/AP

Vinton Cerf says more than one billion people worldwide use it, and he believes its future is in the hands of young people.

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10 October 2006

eu: Web browsing beats page-turning BBC

Europeans now spend more of their week online than they do reading newspapers or magazines, according to a report.

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08 October 2006

uk: Internet appeal to catch killers BBC

Detectives trying to catch the killers of murdered schoolboy Jessie James have posted an appeal on the video-sharing website, YouTube.

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03 October 2006

Internet's future in 2020 debated BBC

The internet will be a thriving, low-cost network of billions of devices by 2020, says a major survey of leading technology thinkers.

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The Future of the Internet II Pew Internet & American Life Project

A survey of technology thinkers and stakeholders shows they believe the internet will continue to spread in a "flattening" and improving world. There are many, though, who think major problems will accompany technology advances by 2020. A predictions database can be viewed.

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08 May 2006

OECD Broadband Statistics, December 2005 OECD

The number of broadband subscriptions throughout the OECD continued to increase during 2005 from 136 million in June 2005 to 158 million by December 2005. Broadband penetration growth in the OECD held steady at 15% in the second half of the year reaching 13.6 subscribers per 100 inhabitants in December.

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Cheap thrills on the move The Guardian

Podnography - erotic audio, video and pictures for MP3 players - is the hottest podcast genre

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Dutch lead EU countries on Net use, data show International Herald Tribune

A European Union report shows big differences in the level of Internet use among EU countries.

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18 April 2006

ITU Hosts Virtual Conference on the Impact of New Technologies on Telecom/ICT Regulation International Telecommunication Union

As part of its work on preparing an ICT Regulatory Toolkit, the Regulatory Reform Unit of ITU hosted, on 15 March 2006, a virtual conference on the impact of new technologies on TELECOM/ICT Regulation.

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Demographics of Internet users in Thailand Singapore Internet Research Centre

The results of the survey conducted by the Thai National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec) between September to November last year of Thai Internet users show that 54.4% of Thai net users are female. The majority of net users were between 20 and 30 years old. 66% of Internet users access the Internet from home, while 40 % use the Net in the workplace, 29 % at an educational facility and 25 % at an Internet cafe. It is the first time in the survey's seven-year history that home Internet use has dominated.

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uk: How will you watch TV? The Guardian

The BBC recorded its lowest ever peak-time rating last week; ITV has admitted that viewers are turning away in droves; and a recent survey by Google said that we now spend more time on the internet than we do watching television. With a major report on the BBC's future due out tomorrow, David Smith and Alice O'Keeffe look at what the next decade holds for the box in the corner

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OECD sees uncertain future for WiMax ZDnet

The race for wireless broadband access still wide open

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Romance blossoms on the internet, but there is still public concern about the safety of online dating (Pew news release) Pew Research Center

There is now broad public awareness of the online dating world, and the internet users who are actively seeking dates have found a variety of ways to pursue their romantic interests online.

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