"Many of the evolutionary advantages in the future will be to people who don’t necessarily have lots of facts in their head but have a lot of capacity to do critical thinking and are discerning searchers. They can figure out relatively quickly and well the difference between highly credible information and highly suspect information."

— Our director Lee Rainie, on Brains, Automation, and the Internet.

The question of the day.

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"By 2025, we should have around 8.1 billion people online. Just imagine all those billions of people and ideas sharing and collaborating. Please don’t let me get hit by a bus. I want to live to experience this period which people will later call the Age of Collaboration."

Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker, host of the AOL series “The Future Starts Here” and founder of The Webby Awards, on what the future of the internet holds.

Friday thought of the day: What does the future hold for creativity/innovation?

In light of Twitter’s diversity report release yesterday, a look at our latest demographic breakdown of those who use the social networking site.
More: Ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet?

In light of Twitter’s diversity report release yesterday, a look at our latest demographic breakdown of those who use the social networking site.

More: Ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet?

pewresearch:

A new survey of 1,300 local television news directors produced by RTDNA and Hofstra University paints a mixed picture of the staffing and spending patterns in local television news. 

pewresearch:

new survey of 1,300 local television news directors produced by RTDNA and Hofstra University paints a mixed picture of the staffing and spending patterns in local television news. 

npr:

"A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone" via Molly Roberts
Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won’t get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.
Image: iStockphoto

Access to digital accounts after death varies state to state: http://pewrsr.ch/1myyCHA

npr:

"A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone" via Molly Roberts

Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won’t get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.

Image: iStockphoto

Access to digital accounts after death varies state to state: http://pewrsr.ch/1myyCHA

explore-blog:

22 years ago today, the first photo was uploaded to the web – and it was of an all-girl science rock band from CERN, signing about colliders, quarks, and antimatter.
Oh, and they were actually really, really good.

Want more WWW history? Check out our Web history timeline.

explore-blog:

22 years ago today, the first photo was uploaded to the web – and it was of an all-girl science rock band from CERN, signing about colliders, quarks, and antimatter.

Oh, and they were actually really, really good.

Want more WWW history? Check out our Web history timeline.

We’ve just updated our social networking fact sheet with some 2014 numbers; good time for a reminder that we’ve got a series of fast-fact tip sheets at your disposal for grab ‘n go tech stats: http://www.pewinternet.org/fact-sheets/

Plus, handy dandy charts of key tech indicators and their growth over time: http://www.pewinternet.org/three-technology-revolutions/

We’ve got the data, yes we do.

In 37 of the 44 countries surveyed in 2014 by the Pew Research Center, half or more of the public disapproves of American drone strikes. Israel (65%), Kenya (53%) and the U.S. (52%) are the only countries where at least half back the use of drones against suspected terrorists.
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In 37 of the 44 countries surveyed in 2014 by the Pew Research Center, half or more of the public disapproves of American drone strikes. Israel (65%), Kenya (53%) and the U.S. (52%) are the only countries where at least half back the use of drones against suspected terrorists.

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4 states account for half of the nation’s wiretapping activity, according to a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. The report found that the wiretaps led to 3,744 persons arrested in 2013.
Read more in this state-by-state analysis of where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are

4 states account for half of the nation’s wiretapping activity, according to a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. The report found that the wiretaps led to 3,744 persons arrested in 2013.

Read more in this state-by-state analysis of where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are

A number of the experts canvassed in our most recent survey on the future of the internet say they expect that if corporations are permitted to operate differentiated services online it will lead to such threats as the blocking of some content, the favoring of some content over other material, and monopoly-style pricing.
FCC Special Counsel for External Affairs Gigi Sohn is currently taking questions via Twitter about The FCC’s net neutrality proceeding. Follow along with #netneutrality.

A number of the experts canvassed in our most recent survey on the future of the internet say they expect that if corporations are permitted to operate differentiated services online it will lead to such threats as the blocking of some content, the favoring of some content over other material, and monopoly-style pricing.

FCC Special Counsel for External Affairs Gigi Sohn is currently taking questions via Twitter about The FCC’s net neutrality proceeding. Follow along with #netneutrality.

The Fact Tank Chart of the Week: A new U.S. Census Bureau interactive explores the relationship between college majors & occupations.
Noteworthy: More engineering majors are non-STEM managers (18%) than computer workers (15%). And only about 26% of physical-sciences majors work in any STEM occupation at all; their biggest employment categories are health care (17%), non-STEM managerial jobs (14%) and education (12%). 

The Fact Tank Chart of the Week: A new U.S. Census Bureau interactive explores the relationship between college majors & occupations.

Noteworthy: More engineering majors are non-STEM managers (18%) than computer workers (15%). And only about 26% of physical-sciences majors work in any STEM occupation at all; their biggest employment categories are health care (17%), non-STEM managerial jobs (14%) and education (12%). 

Looking at our library typology another way:

Print Traditionalists, a medium-library-engagement group, are far more likely to live in rural areas than any other group, and account for 1 in 5 rural residents. Take a look at what library engagement looks like in other community types, and see what it boils down to (demographics).

Many library staff members say they see the role of a public library enabling access to information, regardless of format. 
Our data shows that 91% of Americans have either used a public library at some point in their life, or say someone else in their household uses a public library. Among them, 77% of Americans who use the internet but lack home access say computer and internet access at their public library is important to them and their family.
An article in the New York Times yesterday explored some of the ways patrons of the Clason’s Point Library branch in the Bronx rely on the library’s internet access—even when the library itself is closed.
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Many library staff members say they see the role of a public library enabling access to information, regardless of format. 

Our data shows that 91% of Americans have either used a public library at some point in their life, or say someone else in their household uses a public library. Among them, 77% of Americans who use the internet but lack home access say computer and internet access at their public library is important to them and their family.

An article in the New York Times yesterday explored some of the ways patrons of the Clason’s Point Library branch in the Bronx rely on the library’s internet access—even when the library itself is closed.

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