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(POLITICS) READ: Online politics reserved for rich…

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news.bbc.co.uk_President Barack Obama__46306914_000552892-1US civic engagement remains in the hands of the middle-class despite hopes that the internet would democratise political involvement.

Those are the findings of a report from the Pew Internet Project.

Online political engagement such as contacting officials, signing petitions and making donations is skewed towards richer and better educated Americans.

The report found signs that social networks could be encouraging younger people to get involved in politics.

According to the report 35% of US adults on incomes of at least $100,000 (£62,000) participate in two or more online political activities compared to just 8% of adults on incomes of less than $20,000 (£12,000). READ MORE

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September 2, 2009 at 8:43 pm

(TECH) READ: The Internet Turns 40!…

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us.123rf.com__319197(Newser Summary) – Forty years ago, two UCLA scientists exchanged data via computers, arguably making today the 40th anniversary of the birth of the Internet. “It would be more accurate to say some important seeds of the Internet sprouted with that data transfer,” writes Stephen Shankland on CNET, but no matter. It’s a good time to take stock. “Woodstock embodied the rising power of a new generation. … Men on the moon showed us how small the Earth is. But the Internet changes everything—and it will be instrumental in the next chapters of humanity’s future.”

There are negative aspects, of course: The abundance of communicative possibilities can be overwhelming. Privacy issues abound: Evolution never made allowances for a social circle that spans the whole planet. The Internet can serve the interests of repressive governments just as it does the disenfranchised. “But it’s only gaining in importance, power, and reach,” Shankland writes. “So my advice is to embrace it and try to shape it for the better for the next 40 years.”Source: CNET

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September 2, 2009 at 6:19 pm

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(READ): U.S. is 15 years behind South Korea in Internet speed (also behind 27 other countries)…

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computerSource: Albany News

A report on Internet speed in the United States says the country isn’t likely to catch world leader South Korea for 15 years.

Or for much longer — at current growth rates, the United States will only reach South Korea’s speed today in 15 years.

The report, by the Communications Workers of America, details Internet download and upload speeds all over the United States and some of its affiliated territories. In the last year, the average upload speed in the United States “barely changed,” the report said, and download speed only grew a little, from 4.2 megabits per second in 2008 to 5.1 megabits per second in 2009.

In South Korea, average download speed is four times faster — 20.4 megabits per second. The United States also lags Japan (15.8 mbps), Sweden (12.8 mbps), the Netherlands (11 mbps) and 24 other countries.

The report said U.S. speeds aren’t sufficient for the needs of in-home medical monitoring, distance learning programs, or to run a modern business from home.

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The report calls for more investment in the nation’s Internet infrastructure. It also suggests shifting the outdated universal service payments that support voice telephone service over to pay for better and cheaper high-speed Internet service for everyone.

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/albany/stories/2009/08/24/da…

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August 29, 2009 at 2:22 pm

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(READ): Internet Addicts Get First U.S. Treatment Clinic…

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Source: LiveScience

internet_addictionHardcore Internet junkies now have their very own version of the Betty Ford clinic.

The Heavensfield Retreat Center, located in Fall City, Wash., claims to be the first U.S in-patient center to treat Internet, video game and texting addictions. Enrollment in the clinic’s 45-day Internet addiction recovery program, called reStart, costs roughly $14,500.

The program is designed to wean patients off the Internet by combining traditional talk therapy with social skills training, such as lessons in conversation techniques and dating. Patients also feed goats, raise chickens and do home-maintenance work as a way of getting reoriented with the offline world.   

The clinic’s first patient is a 19-year-old boy from Iowa who admitted to being hooked on the online game World of Warcraft.

While it may seem like an extreme (not to mention pricey) way to get unplugged, Stuart Fischoff, a psychologist and Senior Editor at the Journal of Media Psychology, believes the rehab approach can be helpful.

“For patients in clinical settings, exposing them to friendly animals has had very positive effects,” said Fischoff, who is not affiliated with the new clinic. “The purpose here is to get the patient to experience gratification from something that doesn’t require an Internet connection. So giving the patient someone who needs them, appreciates them and doesn’t judge them allows them to reach out to the flesh-and-blood world.” Read More

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August 28, 2009 at 10:21 am

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(Not really news), but… Wikipedia Labels Obama ‘Harvard Puppet’…

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Source: Newser/Gawker

wikipedia(Newser Summary) – Oops. Wikipedia’s new editorial oversight didn’t start soon enough to block a statement in President Obama’s Wiki profile that he’s a “puppet” of Columbia and Harvard Law. Mystery writer “Mrjazzguitar” substituted the word in the kind of prank that Wikipedia hopes to curtail with its new policy to monitor all copy changes by contributors about living people before they hit the web. Mrjazzguitar is apparently no front for the RNC, Gawker reports. His previous editorial escapades have been limited to entries on “fingerstyle guitar” and Chris Crocker.

 

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August 28, 2009 at 8:56 am

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