Internet & Web

Jimmy Wales Says Wikipedia Is Losing Traffic From Google

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 14:24

There have been a lot of rumors about the decline in traffic Google is sending Wikipedia’s way. There have been reports from SimilarWeb that Wikipedia has shown a “sudden” and “massive” decline in traffic from Google’s organic search results.

But Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, said this week that this is not a sudden or drastic drop in traffic from Google, but rather a “long-term issue with decreasing traffic from Google.”

Paying for Internet content

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Sun, 07/12/2015 - 18:02

Three stories about paying for Internet content on the radio program "On the Media"
The pieces are better than their titles suggest. I think you will find something of note in each piece.

Putting Tips in the Internet's Guitar Case

Blocking Ad Blocker's

Why City Libraries Are Lending WiFi Hotspots to Low-Income Residents

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:59

These lending programs perform a critical role: in addition to providing basic broadband access to low-income residents, they allow patrons to access free e-books and other digital library resources, and they enable users to complete online job applications and perform other critical web-based processes at home. Outreach efforts are also aimed at the elderly and disabled, who often need access to healthcare information.

The Dark Web as You Know It Is a Myth

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:41

I’ve also learned that the real story is not at all the one you commonly hear—the tale of a gigantic space below our usual web, where hard-to-find vices are traded among sordid individuals totally beyond the grasp of the authorities. That is not what the dark web is.

From The Dark Web as You Know It Is a Myth | WIRED Is Not Neutral, Not Secure, and Not the Internet

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 05/19/2015 - 09:05

Facebook's project, which offers people from developing countries free mobile access to selected websites, has been pitched as a philanthropic initiative to connect two thirds of the world who don’t yet have Internet access. We completely agree that the global digital divide should be closed. However, we question whether this is the right way to do it.

The internet is running out of room – but we can save it

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 11:07

The meeting sparked headlines warning of a "full" internet and the potential need for data rationing, but the reality is more nuanced. The crunch is real, caused by fast growth of online media consumption through the likes of Netflix and Youtube, but physics and engineering can help us escape it. The internet just needs a few tweaks.

The Dangerous Effects of Reading

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 03/23/2015 - 08:57

If you quiet your mind and allow yourself to stop judging everything you will find that you have more potential for innovation (at work, in the kitchen, in the garage, in the bathroom [this just got weird – bringing it back], with your hobbies, with your thoughts) than you thought before.  You were using the same brutal quality filter on yourself that you used on viral videos, talk radio, and blog posts.  You deserve better.