While most are optimistic, a survey of more than 1,400 experts revealed that security, surveillance and commercialization are significant threats to the future of the Internet.
Internet recruitment is the third most popular method for pimp-led prostitution.
More than 100 tech companies have written to the FCC to protest the agency’s net neutrality proposal, which would allow companies to strike paid prioritization deals.
As millions of new Internet users log on every month, the numbers relating to the flow of information becomes ever more staggering.
After the FCC was defeated in court, Internet users and activists have been wringing their hands over net neutrality. But the issue isn’t about ownership; it’s about universal access.
The city of Los Angeles is about to get a boost in free internet if city officials get their way – free internet with the construction of the largest broadband project to date. If completed the new fiber will be delivering internet to the municipality’s 3.5 residents and businesses in addition to supplying free data to areas with public Wi-Fi.
While the new internet will be delivering free data, it’s not as lofty as it sounds. For now, the city is hoping that a private company will step in to do the city-wide build-out since no city money is allocated for the project. In exchange, free data will be subsidized by advertising and the city’s wave of easy permitting and approvals. Read more
New research commissioned by Internet giant Google suggests there are several benefits to employers being flexible.
Akifumi Sekine, Japan’s ministry of education, wants kids to get “out of the virtual world” and “have real communication with other children and adults.” He’s proposing a fasting camp that will limit internet access while offering social outdoor activities at Japan’s numerous public facilities. Psychiatrists and clinical psychotherapists will be on hand to assist should difficulties arise with the transition from virtual to real-world life.
The ministry believes these camps could help about 500,000 Japanese children, ages 12-18, who suffer from internet addiction, though admittedly, it’s a hard number to calculate. Symptoms include eating and sleeping disorders, depression, deep vein thrombosis, and poor school performance. Read more
Futurists have for many years put paper books and physical libraries on the endangered species list, but so-called digital natives, or those young enough not to have known a world before Internet access was ubiquitous, continue to embrace these analogue formats, according to a report released today by the Pew Research Center.
Syria experienced a near total Internet blackout for 19 hours yesterday, and today the government said the outage stemmed from a cut cable, an explanation that security company CloudFlare called “highly unlikely.”