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The Future of the Internet

The Future of the Internet
Experts predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill The world is moving rapidly towards ubiquitous connectivity that will further change how and where people associate, gather and share information, and consume media. A canvassing of 2,558 experts and technology builders about where we will stand by the year 2025 finds striking patterns in their predictions. The invited respondents were identified in previous research about the future of the Internet, from those identified by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, and solicited through major technology-oriented listservs. They registered their answers online between November 25, 2013 and January 13, 2014. In their responses, these experts foresee an ambient information environment where accessing the Internet will be effortless and most people will tap into it so easily it will flow through their lives “like electricity.” More-hopeful theses Daren C.

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The Internet Will Be Everywhere In 2025, For Better Or Worse : All Tech Considered hide captionExperts predict that people worldwide will be constantly connected by the Internet in 2025 — leading to a greater exchange of ideas but making people more susceptible to cyberattacks and manipulation. iStockphoto Experts predict that people worldwide will be constantly connected by the Internet in 2025 — leading to a greater exchange of ideas but making people more susceptible to cyberattacks and manipulation. In 2025, the Internet will enhance our awareness of the world and ourselves while diminishing privacy and allowing abusers to "make life miserable for others," according to a new report by the Pew Research Center and Elon University. The two are often used interchangeably, but they're not the same things.

Mr Newton has had enough… Mr Newton has had enough… It’s not you it’s me. Why I’m taking a break from social media. I was arrested on Saturday and held in a police cell for 12 hours whilst Her Majesty’s finest made their investigations to establish the facts around a claim made against me. The claim, they discovered, was without merit and I’ll be instructing my friends at Carter-Ruck. For the record I’m happy to report that the cell was clean and warm and the arresting officers, interviewing detectives, cell wardens etc were all charming. The end of Big Twitter As long as I’ve been on Twitter (I started in March 2007) people have been complaining about Twitter. But recently things have changed. The complaints have increased in frequency and intensity, and now are coming more often from especially thoughtful and constructive users of the platform. There is an air of defeat about these complaints now, an almost palpable giving-up.

The Digitization of the Economy MIT just launched a new Initiative for the Digital Economy to systematically address the impact of digital technologies on business, the economy and society. The university-wide initiative is being organized by MIT’s Center for Digital Business (CDB), and is led by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andy McAfee, who are respectively the CDB’s director and principal research scientist. But, over the past decade the Internet has transitioned from the connected world of PCs, browsers and web servers, to the hyperconnected world of mobile devices, cloud computing and broadband wireless networks.

Man loses 'right to be forgotten' Google court bid A man involved in a £51m VAT scam has lost a legal bid to have news stories about him removed from Google under the so-called "right to be forgotten". Malcolm Edwards originally applied for an injunction forcing five media organisations including the BBC to remove their articles about him. He discontinued this claim, then applied for permission to serve proceedings on Google instead. The judge at Nottingham County Court dismissed the application. something is rotten in the state of...Twitter I read another article yesterday on The Death of Twitter: they’re multiplying, these narratives, just like the fruit flies in my kitchen. Like fruit flies, these lamentations for Twitter do not spontaneously generate, but are born from a process of decay: they are the visible signs of something left neglected, something rotting quietly out of sight. Since I’m currently in the extended throes of researching Twitter for my dissertation, I read these articles like I used to read Cosmo back when I was twenty: half-anxious that Enlightenment will be contained in the next paragraph, half-anxious it won’t.

The Rise of the Platform Economy What do we mean by platform? I particularly like this definition by MIT Professor Michael Cusumano: “A platform or complement strategy differs from a product strategy in that it requires an external ecosystem to generate complementary product or service innovations and build positive feedback between the complements and the platform. The effect is much greater potential for innovation and growth than a single product-oriented firm can generate alone.” The importance of platforms is closely linked to the concept of network effects - the more products or services it offers, the more users it will attract. Scale increases the platform’s value, helping it attract more complementary offerings which in turn brings in more users, which then makes the platform even more valuable… and on and on and on. Platforms have long played a key role in the IT industry.

Google takes wider action on 'right to be forgotten' Image copyright AFP Tech giant Google says it will hide content removed under the "right to be forgotten" from all versions of the search engine when viewed from countries where removal was approved. Under the "right to be forgotten" ruling, EU citizens may ask search engines to remove information about them. Is Twitter the Best Option for Online Professional Development? 6 min read This post first appeared on Educating Modern Learners Twitter for Edu In recent years Twitter has become a very popular tool for educators, with some calling the social media platform "The Best Professional Development Tool for Teachers” and some claiming that educators “dominate” Twitter. (The math doesn’t really work out on the last claim.

The Digital Evolution Index Last year, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University published Digital Planet: Readying for the Rise of the e-Consumer. The report, - based on a research study by the Fletcher School in collaboration with MasterCard*, - explores the economic transformations taking place around the world as countries continue their evolution toward the 21st century digital age. The report introduces the Digital Evolution Index, which was created to quantify the unique digital journey being pursued by each of 50 advanced and developing countries, to measure the rate of change of their digital evolution, and to provide information-based insights to companies, investors and governments.

The 15-Second Films Taking Instagram By Storm Shield 5 is a captivating new thriller that follows a wrongfully accused man on the run, desperate to clear his name. It has a lot in common with shows like Homeland and 24, except for one tiny thing: Each episode is only 15 seconds long. Shield 5 is a new dramatic and cinematic series being released on Instagram in installments, just one recent example of what is being labeled as "social cinema." It is the brainchild of British director Anthony Wilcox, who was looking for a quick project to work on while he finished developing a bigger feature. "I’ve done a few short things online as a director-for-hire, and the fast turnaround of those things excited me. I was looking for a way to do that, but telling my own story," Wilcox told Fast Company.

Benton Community Teacher Leadership Team (#BCTLT): What is a PLN and Why Should YOU Have One? The past several months have been a whirlwind for me as I have taken an active leap into the world of Twitter. I have had an account for several years, but I mostly used it to document and share during conferences I attended. Over Christmas break, I made the decision to step outside of my comfort zone and start being an active participant in the Twitter world on a regular basis. My husband, @EricTownsley, has used Twitter as an educational learning and sharing platform for several years. He continues to shake his head at my new obsession, but he has yet to utter the phrase, "I told you so!"

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: what it means and how to respond We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work, and relate to one another. In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to academia and civil society.