There was good news and bad news in a story coming out of Pennsylvania last week, and the good news is a clear sign of progress. The bad news happened first: As part of Pennsylvania’s attorney general’s “Operation Safe Surf” program, 4th and 5th graders at Merion Elementary School, about 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia, […]
Category Archives: Internet and society
It’s no wonder parents and schools aren’t sure where their policies start and stop when it comes to online interaction among young people who could be in any home, any school, any community or even country. Governments – whether local, state, or national – aren’t sure either. More than ever, “jurisdiction” and “regulation,” whether a […]
In terms of national-level Internet penetration, the US is fifth in the world (at 78.2% of our population), after the UK (82%), South Korea (80.9%), Germany (79.9%), and Japan (78.4%), according to InternetWorldStats.com’s Top 20 countries list for number of Net users (as 6/30/11). Purely in terms of Internet users, the Top 5 are China […]
We have a ways to go in this country to get schools and libraries to the level of high-speed Internet access that households generally enjoy.
The US’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is not alone in saying everybody should have broadband Internet access. The UK government has promised to deliver universal broadband by 2012, and the EU is also committed to providing universal access via broadband. In fact, basic Net access is coming to be seen as a fundamental human right. […]
This story’s importance grows as the Web increasingly mirrors “real life.” Society seems to be in an interesting transition time, and some important freedoms could be lost as it struggles to understand the user-driven Web. For example, in an effort to reduce risk or prevent harm, people (including parents) sometimes blame Web sites (e.g., social-networking […]