Archive for category The Online World

Are they getting their digital five a day?

Social media kids children digital 5 a day

Pic: Suspense by Hernán Piñera @ Flickr

As I write this my younger son is watching yet another Minecraft video, while his older brother updates his Snapchat story – neither of which are uncommon, given that it’s the school holidays.

Getting children’s on- and off-line balance right is an ever-present slog, as I’m sure it is for many, many parents, so the recently-released government guidelines on the time kids spend online should be welcome.

Certainly UK children’s commissioner Anne Longfield’s attacks earlier this month on internet firms’ methods for hooking children into ever-greater use of their sites and apps were timely. Read the rest of this entry »

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The world’s most digitally advanced countries

Digital Evolution Index Harvard_Business Review World Economic Forum

First introduced in the Harvard Business Review in 2015, the Digital Evolution Index aims to trace the emergence of a ‘digital planet’ as technology displaces traditional interactions.

Recently given its first update, the Index analyses the state and rate of digital evolution across 60 countries, placing them into one of four zones. Read the rest of this entry »

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Slower speeds for faster growth as online firms continue adapting to India’s mobile market

World Bank cellphone mobile India

Community meeting in Aurangabad, India (Pic: World Bank)

To describe the growth of the internet in India as explosive probably downplays the rate of change taking place.

Every second three more Indians come online for the first time, adding another 10,000 people every hour to the country’s online user base.

So it’s no surprise that internet firms – particularly those of a social nature – are working hard to overcome barriers to access that range from low-powered phones to 2G connections to very little data. Read the rest of this entry »

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The robots are coming

Robot Graffiti Peter Merholz

The European Commission is not necessarily best known for its lightning reactions, but you do know that when it gets its teeth into something it’s not likely to let go.

So it may again prove to be with a technology that already seemed to be everywhere in 2016 and this year shows every sign of continuing that trend. Read the rest of this entry »

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The transition of digital power

President Barack Obama takes part in a Twitter Q&A session, 2012

President Barack Obama takes part in a Twitter Q&A session, 2012

Once upon a time the transition of digital power meant nothing more complicated than removing the ‘W’ keys from White House keyboards to frustrate the incoming 43rd president’s staff.

Nowadays things have progressed much further and President Obama can quite rightfully claim to be the first US president of the social media age. Read the rest of this entry »

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Virtually everywhere – VR and immersive experiences

Demonstration of virtual reality (VR)

Picture: Knight Center for Journalism @ Flickr

In the last year virtual reality has clawed its way out of the ‘trough of disillusionment’ and begun its ascent of the ‘slope of enlightenment’. Well, that’s according to Garner’s much-cited hype cycle for emerging technologies.

What it seems to mean, certainly in recent months, is that virtual reality is pretty much everywhere as far as media and technology efforts go. Read the rest of this entry »

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Who are you online?


No-one knows you’re a dog online of course, but for a small exhibition at Tate Britain the question is whether your online persona reflects who you really are.

Pass through the gallery’s restored nineteenth century Rotunda, make a note to revisit the Hentry Moores on the right and, instead, turn left to the compact Learning Gallery where you’ll find Stories Uncovered, a display that explores the notion of the archive in the internet age. Read the rest of this entry »

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