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 […]

FCC now building walls on the internet?
FCC now building walls on the internet?

Is the new FCC now building walls on the internet? A flurry of actions late last week by the Trump Administration’s new regulators of national communications – the U.S. Federal Communications Commission – certainly make it seem as if roadblocks at least are set to go up on the information superhighway in America. After pledging […]

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 […]

Internet fake news – also known as a lie
Internet fake news – also known as a lie

Internet fake news – also known as a lie – may be the biggest digital news of 2016. What do about it all may become a primary focus of 2017. Or, put another way, 2017 may become the year we grow up on the internet and retrain ourselves to not be so gullible and, well, […]

Rule 41: the FBI in your computers
Rule 41: the FBI in your computers

Rule 41: the FBI in your computers and mobile devices with a single warrant from a single federal judge anywhere in the nation. Yes, you read that right: as of December 1, the FBI can now get a single warrant to search anyone’s computer or mobile device anywhere in the nation in pursuit of whatever […]

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. […]

Net Neutrality a done deal in the U.S.?
Net Neutrality a done deal in the U.S.?

And you thought Net Neutrality a done deal in the U.S.? You thought internet users in America would forever enjoy a fair and open information superhighway? You thought it a fait accompli when the U.S. government’s communications regulators decided in June 2015 all Americans should have – would have – equal and fair access to […]

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 […]

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 […]