- 23% of people used the Internet in 2008. Up from 11% in 2002.
- Poor countries lag behind on Internet access: 1 in 20 people in Africa was online in 2007.
- Fixed broadband increased to near 20% in rich countries. Globally 1 in 20 had access to fast Internet connections at home.
- Myanmar was the only country where access and use indicators dropped. Internet bandwideth dropped 90% in past 5 years.
Watching over the Web, Strategy + Business, by Thomas Künstner, Manuel Kohnstamm, and Stephan Luiten
"For broadband service providers — and the Internet in general — “digital confidence” pays off"
20 Years Young SEED Magazine, by Christine Perrey, March 17, 2009
In the two decades since a small group of researchers adopted a hyperlink system to share data between institutions, scientific research, and the world, have changed profoundly.
- 14% of people had mobile bb subscriptions in developed world; 3% worldwide
Facebook Wants to Read Your Mind
"Facebook is in the process of rolling out a new homepage — one that combines photos, links, videos and status updates and puts them in one big stream of information." TIME, by Claire Suddath, Friday, Mar. 13, 2009
Why Facebook Is for Old Fogies
by Lev Grossman, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009, TIME
Ross Mayfield's Weblog
"Twitter is IM out in the open. Twitter is mini-blog. IM is mini-email."
Desperately Trying to Quit Twitter
by Lev Grossman, Thursday, March 5, 2009, TIME
Twitter Nation Has Arrived: How Scared Should We Be?, by Alexander Zaitchik, AlterNet, February 21, 2009
"Can it be long before the entire country is tweeting away in the din of a giant turd-covered silicon aviary?"
The Art of Social Networking
Good disciplines for the social networking
Social Networks Are New eMail by Darren Waters, BBC, March 15, 2009
Status updates on sites such as Facebook, Yammer, Twitter and Friendfeed are a new form of communication, the South by SouthWest Festival has heard.
- 60% of people around the world now have a motile phone = 4.1 billion subscriptions (compared with 1 billion in 2002)
Major iPhone Upgrade Coming this Summer Philip Elmer-DeWitt, Fortune, March 17, 2009
Apple (AAPL) unveiled a slew of new features — more than 100 in all — in the third major revision of the iPhone’s basic operating system.
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Scientific Truth in the Age of Wikipedia by T. J. Kelleher, SEED Magazine, February 9, 2009
Does the radical egalitarianism of the Wiki undermine traditional notions of scientific authority and consensus?