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"The Bleeding Hearts Club: Heartbleed Recovery for System Administrators"

Posted in Digital Culture on April 11th, 2014

David Grant has posted "The Bleeding Hearts Club: Heartbleed Recovery for System Administrators."

Here's an excerpt:

The Heartbleed SSL vulnerability presents significant concerns for users and major challenges for site operators. This article presents a series of steps server and site owners should carry out as soon as possible to help protect the public. We acknowledge that some steps might not be feasible, important, or even relevant for every site, so the steps are given in order both of their importance and the order they should be carried out.

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    "More Inheritable Rights for Digital Assets"

    Posted in Digital Culture on April 9th, 2014

    Charles Phelps has published "More Inheritable Rights for Digital Assets" in the Rutgers Law Record.

    Here's an excerpt:

    Death, as uncomfortable of a subject as it is for some, is a guaranteed component of human existence. . . . There is no denying the psychological and emotional attachment that is affixed with objects that hold memories of loved ones who have passed on before us.

    Within this frame work, lawyers use legal tools of wills, trusts and estate laws to carry out grantors or inheritors desire on how to bestow certain possessions. However, within all the complexities of bestowing property, lawyers are now increasingly being confronted with how to pass on digital assets.

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      World Wide Web Timeline

      Posted in Digital Culture on March 14th, 2014

      The Web turned 25 on 3/12/14. The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released the World Wide Web Timeline.

      Here's an excerpt:

      1990

      • 42% of American adults have used a computer.
      • World's first website and server go live at CERN, running on Tim Berners-Lee's NeXT computer, which bears the message "This machine is a server. DO NOT POWER DOWN!"
      • Tim Berners-Lee develops the first Web browser WorldWideWeb.
      • Archie, the first tool to search the internet is developed by McGill University student Alan Emtage.

      Want more Internet history? See the Hobbes' Internet Timeline 11 and the Timeline of the Open Access Movement.

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        Digital Life in 2025

        Posted in Digital Culture, Emerging Technologies on March 14th, 2014

        The Pew Research Center has released Digital Life in 2025.

        Here's an excerpt:

        To a notable extent, the experts agree on the technology change that lies ahead, even as they disagree about its ramifications. Most believe there will be:

        • A global, immersive, invisible, ambient networked computing environment built through the continued proliferation of smart sensors, cameras, software, databases, and massive data centers in a world-spanning information fabric known as the Internet of Things.
        • "Augmented reality" enhancements to the real-world input that people perceive through the use of portable/wearable/implantable technologies.
        • Disruption of business models established in the 20 th century (most notably impacting finance, entertainment, publishers of all sorts, and education).
        • Tagging, databasing, and intelligent analytical mapping of the physical and social realms.

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          The Web at 25 in the U.S.

          Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on February 28th, 2014

          The Pew Research Center has released The Web at 25 in the U.S..

          Here's an excerpt:

          In a new national survey to mark the 25th anniversary of the Web, Pew Research finds further confirmation of the incredible spread and impact of the internet:

          Adoption: 87% of American adults now use the internet, with near-saturation usage among those living in households earning $75,000 or more (99%), young adults ages 18-29 (97%), and those with college degrees (97%). Fully 68% of adults connect to the internet with mobile devices like smartphones or tablet computers. . . .

          Impact: Asked for their overall judgment about the impact of the internet, toting up all the pluses and minuses of connected life, the public's verdict is overwhelmingly positive:

          • 90% of internet users say the internet has been a good thing for them personally and only 6% say it has been a bad thing, while 3% volunteer that it has been some of both.
          • 76% of internet users say the internet has been a good thing for society, while 15% say it has been a bad thing and 8% say it has been equally good and bad.

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            State of the Internet Report: Third Quarter, 2013

            Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on January 29th, 2014

            Akamai Technologies, Inc. has released the State of the Internet Report: Third Quarter, 2013.

            Here's an excerpt from the announcement:

            This report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

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              Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update

              Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on October 21st, 2013

              The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released the Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update.

              Here's an excerpt:

              The number of Americans ages 16 and older who own tablet computers has grown to 35%, and the share who have e-reading devices like Kindles and Nooks has grown to 24%. Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%.

              Up from 25% last year, more than half of those in households earning $75,000 or more now have tablets. Up from 19% last year, 38% of those in upper-income households now have e-readers.

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                Who’s Not Online and Why

                Posted in Digital Culture, Reports and White Papers on September 26th, 2013

                The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Who's Not Online and Why.

                Here's an excerpt:

                As of May 2013, 15% of American adults ages 18 and older do not use the internet or email.

                Asked why they do not use the internet:

                • 34% of non-internet users think the internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it.
                • 32% of non-internet users cite reasons tied to their sense that the internet is not very easy to use. . . .
                • 19% of non-internet users cite the expense of owning a computer or paying for an internet connection.
                • 7% of non-users cited a physical lack of availability or access to the internet.

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