Are you good bot or a bad bot?
Are you good bot or a bad bot?

Are you a good bot or a bad bot? We’re talking to you: the majority of internet traffic now originating from bots. You can’t respond? Aren’t you a bot? The latest report from web security and research firm Imperva suggests that – once again – over half the internet traffic today comes from bots. More […]

The paradox of a monolithic internet
The paradox of a monolithic internet

It was supposed to be the great leveler, a vast network of free-ranging bits and bytes but we could be facing the paradox of a monolithic internet. As more and more power and influence on the information superhighway – not to mention money – seemingly tends to coagulate in the hands of the relative few […]

A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S.
A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S.

A fair and open internet is doomed in the U.S., if Republican telecommunications regulators follow through on a Christmas promise. Meanwhile, across the northern border in Canada its government formally declared just before Christmas high-speed internet access to be “vital and a basic telecommunication service all Canadians are entitled to receive.” The yin and the […]

Most Americans are hesitant to learn new digital skills
Most Americans are hesitant to learn new digital skills

Most Americans are hesitant to learn new digital skills, according to a survey conducted and published by the Pew Research Center. Specifically, the Pew Study – published in September – found 52 percent of all Americans surveyed are “relatively resistant” to learning new skills needed to advance personal growth or understanding in the digital age. […]

The family that’s plugged in together stays together
The family that’s plugged in together stays together

The family that’s plugged in together stays together. Wait…what? Well, okay, perhaps it’s more accurate to say families which talk openly about internet screen time are most likely “to raise media savvy kids and good digital citizens.” (But that’s too many words for a good headline.) At least that’s the suggestion of a new study […]

Mobile use tops desktop use around the world
Mobile use tops desktop use around the world

Mobile use tops desktop use around the world for the first time, show analytics recorded in October by independent web analytics company, StatCounter. “Its research arm, StatCounter Global Stats finds that mobile and tablet devices accounted for 51.3% of internet usage worldwide in October compared to 48.7% by desktop,” explained the company’s Nov. 1 press […]

The internet evolved over the weekend
The internet evolved over the weekend

The internet evolved over the weekend – and you probably didn’t even notice. Nor should you have noticed, really. What has been described as “the most significant change in the internet’s functioning for a generation” came and went without incident or gnashing of teeth and the world continues to spin on its axis and the […]

No internet access means no political power
No internet access means no political power

No internet access means no political power – nor social power – for politically marginalized ethnic groups feared by governments around the world. Those are the findings of a new study published September 9th in the journal Science: autocratic and authoritarian governments seeking to limit the rise of ethnic groups perceived as a threat to […]

Nearly every thing connected to the internet
Nearly every thing connected to the internet

It’s called, broadly, the Internet of Things (IoT) and by 2021 we may find it everywhere and nearly every thing connected to the internet. At least that’s the projected reality contained the the annual Ericcson Mobility Report for 2016, a comprehensive assessment of the mobile, digital world by one of the world’s largest companies working […]

U.S. is ranked only 5th in the digital world
U.S. is ranked only 5th in the digital world

The U.S. is ranked only 5th in the digital world, according to a new index published by the World Economic Forum. Specifically, the U.S. ranks No. 5 on the WEF’s Networked Readiness Index, a comprehensive assessment of how the world nations are faring in what the forum calls “the fourth industrial revolution.” This one being […]