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Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age

Posted in Digital Culture, Emerging Technologies on October 13th, 2014

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has released Killer Apps in the Gigabit Age.

Here's an excerpt:

To explore the possibilities of the next leap in connectivity we asked thousands of experts and Internet builders to share their thoughts about likely new Internet activities and applications that might emerge in the gigabit age. We call this a canvassing because it is not a representative, randomized survey. Its findings emerge from an "opt in" invitation to experts, many of whom play active roles in Internet evolution as technology builders, researchers, managers, policymakers, marketers, and analysts. We also invited comments from those who have made insightful predictions to our previous queries about the future of the Internet.

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    "Technology and Digital Scholarship"

    Posted in Digital Culture, Publishing on July 17th, 2014

    Robert Harington has published "Technology and Digital Scholarship" in The Scholarly Kitchen.

    Here's an excerpt:

    According to The Guardian, 90% of all the data in the world has been generated over the last two years, but less than 1% of this information has been analyzed. The question for academic publishers and societies is one of comprehension. How do we assimilate these data?

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      The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025

      Posted in Digital Culture, Emerging Technologies, Reports and White Papers on May 15th, 2014

      The Pew Research Center has released The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025.

      Here's an excerpt:

      This current report is an analysis of opinions about the likely expansion of the Internet of Things (sometimes called the Cloud of Things), a catchall phrase for the array of devices, appliances, vehicles, wearable material, and sensor-laden parts of the environment that connect to each other and feed data back and forth. It covers the over 1,600 responses that were offered specifically about our question about where the Internet of Things would stand by the year 2025. The report is the next in a series of eight Pew Research and Elon University analyses to be issued this year in which experts will share their expectations about the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, and net neutrality. It includes some of the best and most provocative of the predictions survey respondents made when specifically asked to share their views about the evolution of embedded and wearable computing and the Internet of Things.

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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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