You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T
You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T

You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T and all the other big corporations from whom you receive the internet in America. And by, “you,” what we mean is all the data you generate when you go online with your home computers and mobile devices: all your browsing history, your record of purchases, your […]

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. […]

Consumer research on the social media
Consumer research on the social media

Consumer research on the social media is rising steadily, according to some recent research. Nearly 40 percent of all internet users turn to the social channels now to research products before making a purchase, according to GlobalWebIndex, a well-regarded, world-wide research firm. “It’s now 37% of internet users who turn to social networks to carry […]

FCC bolstered consumer data privacy
FCC bolstered consumer data privacy

When the FCC bolstered consumer data privacy rules Oct. 27 it told the major telcom companies they need your permission before selling your private data. But don’t look for simple permission slips any time soon and don’t expect the process of restricting your private online data to be simple. The primary communications regulators for the […]

Police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media
Police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media

The fact that police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media accounts is probably not news and, yet, it’s still shocking in its Orwellian revelations. The news once again comes up as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all moved Oct. 11 to cut off access to a particular private company, Geofeedia, which, it was alleged, selling to […]

Facebook, Google own the Internet
Facebook, Google own the Internet

Facebook, Google own the Internet – the rest of us just use it. Even though we’re still relatively young in this digital age, it’s quite obvious to even the most casual observer the Internet is largely the domain of two giant companies. A report issued this week by comScore, itself a sizable analytics and marketing […]

Drunken Tweeters – we know who you are
Drunken Tweeters – we know who you are

Drunken Tweeters – we know who you are. Well, okay, we don’t exactly. But some academic researchers at Cornell University seem to. And they documented drunken tweeting in a research paper published just a week ago – just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. (Yea, like the Irish care who knows about their drinking!) “In this […]

Facebook is not the only game in town
Facebook is not the only game in town

Despite its obvious efforts to be for its users the only Internet portal they use, research suggests Facebook is not the only game in town. In its Q1 2016 GWI Social report, Global World Index discovers Facebookers use on a regular basis an average of 4.6 social networks, including Facebook of course. And that average […]

That billboard may be watching you
That billboard may be watching you

Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re not being followed – yea, that billboard may be watching you. One of the largest billboard (and broadcast) companies in the U.S. – Clear Channel – unleashed on consumers Feb. 29 a new consumer tracking system embedded in billboards which will tap into the smartphones of passing viewers […]