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Tinder Foundation report details minute costs, massive benefits of bridging Britain’s digital divide
March 20, 2014 | 10:32 am

tinder foundationThe UK's Tinder Foundation, "a not-for-profit social enterprise that makes good things happen with digital technology, established in December 2011," recently released a report, "A Leading Digital Nation by 2020: Calculating the cost of delivering online skills for all," that looked at "the investment needed to get everyone in the UK using the internet regularly with Basic Online Skills." And it turns out that the outlay required to upskill the UK's "11 million people still left without the basics needed to use the web in the 21st century" is comparatively minimal: £875 million ($1.45 billion) to be exact. And, as the...

The smarm debate continued: It’s not about the Internet … or is it?
December 20, 2013 | 10:28 am

The literary feud about snark versus smarm kicked off at the end of this year seems set to splutter on well into 2014. Maureen Dowd, in the New York Times Sunday Review, picked it up in a piece entitled "Bigger Than Bambi," referring to the now-notorious Bambi Rule: "If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all." And, she concluded, "such prettifying is consistent with a culture dominated by an Internet concerned mainly with marketing techniques." Although I applaud Dowd's decision to stand by snark against the saccharin surge of smarm, I have to differ on that point -...

The hazards of being skeptical: Clifford Stoll on the Internet in 1995
December 19, 2013 | 5:14 am

crystal-ball-219x300Here’s an amusing little article I just discovered tonight thanks to a friend passing on the link. It involves Clifford Stoll, author of the 1989 book The Cuckoo’s Egg about catching a hacker years before most people even knew what the Internet was, pontificating on this new-fangled Internet thing for Newsweek back in 1995. (His book, Silicon Snake Oil, expanded on these themes.) Drawing on his twenty years of on-line experience, Stoll declared that most predictions for the future of the Internet were overblown, and went on about it in great detail. Consider today's online world....

Jim Duncan, Colorado Library Consortium executive director, speaks out in series on public libraries and the Digital Public Library of America
October 29, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library ConsortiumWhat kind of national digital library system---or systems, plural---should the U.S. create? Read Parts One and Two of a new series where Jim Duncan, executive director of the Colorado Library Consortium delves into the major issues. Is the Harvard-incubated Digital Public Library of America the solution with its “one big tent” approach for public and academic libraries? With museums even included? Or do we need intertwined but separate public and academic systems, so literacy issues, K-12 needs, related digital divide matters, and other national concerns do not fall through the cracks? Could a national digital library endowment, started mostly with philanthropic donations...

LA stops letting high schoolers take school-issued iPads home after they easily bypass Internet lockdown
September 26, 2013 | 9:17 pm

Turns out the problem with issuing iPads to high school students, as LA is doing in a $1 billion program for its public schools, is…they actually want to use them for stuff other than school work. So finds the LA Times, which notes that it only took about a week for students to figure out how to remove the school restrictions on the tablets so they could use them for things they wanted to do, such as social networking or streaming Pandora. As a result, the school has halted its tablet roll-out program, at least insofar as letting students...

Internet Basics 101: Back Up Your Stuff, Back Up Your Stuff, Back Up Your Stuff!
September 26, 2013 | 3:01 pm

From my friends at GigaOM comes this write-up about the perils of relying on the 'Cloud' for keeping your stuff: author Geoffrey Goetz writes about some music he had which disappeared from his Apple iCloud account when Apple stopped carrying the songs in question. It seems their cloud matching program only works for items they presently list in their catalogue, or that you've uploaded yourself. If Goetz had downloaded his purchases and then re-uploaded them manually, he could have kept them. I feel for Goetz and his difficulties, but really this should be Internet 101 at this point. Thou shalt back...

Morning Roundup: E-Books and print bundling; the copyright monopoly; more
September 16, 2013 | 9:03 am

Video Isn't Breaking the Internet, the Industry Giants Are (GigaOM) Video isn’t breaking the web, the way that the web’s biggest players are trying to optimize their costs at the expense of the best consumer experience is. *** At What Point Will the Next Generation Kill the Copyright Monopoly Altogether? (TorrentFreak) For teenagers today, the copyright monopoly is something that the establishment uses to punish them for enjoying culture and science, to censor their protests and voices, and to prevent their art from reaching an audience. As these people grow older and come into policymaking positions, at what point will they just kill the...

‘Find It Fast’ research tome from print era seeks rebirth in Internet age
August 30, 2013 | 7:45 pm

Find It FastChalk this story up to a chance encounter at a yard sale overseas in Taiwan. Meet Robert Berkman, a man with over 25 years experience as an editor, author and professor in the media and information industries. You might know him as the author of a curious little paperback from long, long ago titled "Find It Fast: How to Uncover Expert Information on Any Subject," first published in 1987. The subtitle of the print edition sounds quaint now. But with a new subtitle in the works, Berkman's info tome is now being prepared for an updated sixth edition to be released next...

On Negative Reviews and Bad Online Behavior
August 29, 2013 | 1:45 pm

cyber-bullyingI've read a couple of articles this week on author bullying, fan culture and negative reviews, and I've taken a few days to let the ideas simmer before writing this essay. As an author, I'm sensitive to the subject. But I'm also a reader, and that allows me to see both sides of the issue. No, I don't approve of author bullying—or any kind of bullying, for that matter—and I've seen too much about the bullying culture on GoodReads to be happy about what appears to be going on there. It will be interesting to see what, if any, changes take place...

Feedly Launches Pro Service Today
August 27, 2013 | 1:05 pm

FeedlyReaderpocalypse victor Feedly has officially launched its new pro service. It costs $5 per month or $45 per year and includes the following features:  One-click Evernote integration  One-click Pocket integration  Premium customer support  Search features  Possible additional features to be added later It looks like a decent feature set. I know many users have lamented the lack of search functions. Personally, none of this will compel me to pay—I use Feedly for my more of-the-moment disposable news and don't have much need to save any of it for later. But if you need it, it may be worth $5 to you. Or, you may just want to show...

Disconnecting Completely For the First Time In Years
August 26, 2013 | 3:33 pm

Everyone loves to write about disconnecting while on vacation, and about whether it's a good idea or a bad one. (Uh, yes, I do put myself in the category of loving to write about it.) Anyway, my husband and I just got back from a week-long camping trip where we disconnected completely. I'd like to say it was for some profound moral or spiritual reason, but it was actually because we were camping in a park that had no cell signal and no Wi-Fi. Can you believe it? In 2013? And we didn't leave the country. Heck, we didn't even leave...

The Anonymous Comment Debate, and Why HuffPo’s Proposed Solution Won’t Work
August 22, 2013 | 12:46 pm

anonymousOne of the most controversial stories in today's Morning Roundup was the news that Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington wants to end anonymous commenting on her site. She explains that the troll problem is getting more aggressive and that people should "stand up for what they say and not 'hide' behind anonymity." But is it the anonymity that's the problem? Or is the people, who wrongly give themselves permission to behave differently? And is this belief dissipating now that the Internet becomes more commonplace? I think that, among "regular" people, it might be. My mother used to differentiate between "real" friends and "Internet people" when...