Online harassment: it’s who you know
Online harassment: it’s who you know

Online harassment: it’s who you know – at least that’s the suggestion from the most recent Pew Research Center survey. The survey’s data, published in mid-July, indicates nearly half of all American victims of online harassment actually know – as friends, acquaintances or family members – the person who is threatening them, trying to intimidate […]

Grandpa on the Facebook
Grandpa on the Facebook

Grandpa on the Facebook. “Oh no!,” exclaims nearly everyone in the family. “This can’t end well!” And, yet, get over it family. America’s older adults are increasingly connected to the digital world and actually learning how to use 21st Century digital technology. “Pew Research Center surveys find that seniors are also moving towards more digitally […]

41% of Americans have been harassed online
41% of Americans have been harassed online

41% of Americans have been harassed online, according to a new survey released earlier this month by the Pew Research Center. “But nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) have been subjected to particularly severe forms of harassment online, such as physical threats, harassment over a sustained period, sexual harassment or stalking,” says the Center. “…and an even […]

Advances in world digital evolution
Advances in world digital evolution

Like any progress over time the advances in world digital evolution will have rapid forward movement with great potential – and some stall outs. The U.S. and Germany, while long on advances, may be on the verge of a digital stall out – according to a new Digital Evolution Index compiled by The Fletcher School […]

Big Telcoms are not protecting privacy well
Big Telcoms are not protecting privacy well

Big Telcoms are not protecting privacy well, according to the most recent survey released by a major consumer watchdog organization. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) says Comcast, Verizon, T-Mobile & AT&T scored the lowest – again – in it’s annual Who Has Your Back survey of internet companies’ efforts to protect the privacy of individual […]

#GigCity is still an open market
#GigCity is still an open market

Despite claims and threats of Big Telcom providing internet service as a public utility does not reduce competition and #GigCity is still an open market. Sure, Chattanooga, TN., provides internet service – speed as much as 10 gigabytes-per-second, if you’re willing to pay for it – as a public utility through its city-owned electric utility […]

Public utility as a communications system
Public utility as a communications system

Sure: water & sewer, electricity, telephone service: but in the 21st Century some communities think of a public utility as a communications system. It’s certainly that way in Chattanooga, Tennessee where the city-owned public utility for electric power also supplies a 600-square-mile area with cable television, landline phone and, mostly importantly, a full 10-gigabytes of […]

Internet as a public utility – #GigCity
Internet as a public utility – #GigCity

Internet as a public utility – #GigCity You may know the city better as it’s identified on maps: Chattanooga, Tennessee. And Chattanooga is known for many things: a rich and storied history, a pivotal turning point in the U.S. Civil War, the launching point for the shameful Trail of Tears ethnic cleansing of Cherokee people, […]

Despite threats, people crave digital connection
Despite threats, people crave digital connection

Despite threats, people crave digital connection. At least that’s the clear suggestion emerging from a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand, connecting more and more devices to the interconnected digital world, the threat of hacks and potential for real damage also expands but those […]

Age of computing power & human potential
Age of computing power & human potential

If you didn’t know it by now, we have fully entered the age of computing power & human potential combining to drive the world’s civilizations. At least that’s one of the major messages to be drawn from the always highly-anticipated annual summation of internet trends delivered by acclaimed analyst Mary Meeker. Prior to the 18th […]