"The odds are 50/50 that the Internet will be effectively destroyed by cyberattacks by 2025. If the Net goes down, there will be terrible costs as we reboot the economy."

Robert E. McGrath, a retired software engineer who participated in critical developments of the World Wide Web, on the future of the internet. Survey participants in our future of the internet canvassing acknowledged the fact that global dependence on one particular system makes it a prime target for a devastating attack.

Agree? Disagree? Your thoughts?

Usage of social networking sites by older Americans has been steadily increasing in recent years, but has not yet reached majority status—among older adults who use the internet, 46% use social networking sites such as Facebook, well below the national average of 73% of adult internet users.
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Usage of social networking sites by older Americans has been steadily increasing in recent years, but has not yet reached majority status—among older adults who use the internet, 46% use social networking sites such as Facebook, well below the national average of 73% of adult internet users.

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Technology adoption among seniors has been increasing slowly but surely. Today, 77% of seniors have a cell phone,  59% use the internet, and almost half have broadband at home. Those still trail the national average, but they have been steadily increasing since we began tracking these metrics way back in 2000.

We also found that the senior population is far from homogeneous—there are two distinct “camps” within the older adult population when it comes to technology use:

  1. The first group of seniors is fairly plugged in—they own a fair number of technology assets, have integrated these tools into their lives, and view that connectivity as a positive thing. This group is relatively young, educated, affluent.
  2. The other camp is largely disconnected from the digital world. They don’t use technology to any great degree, they would not feel comfortable learning how on their own, and in many cases they don’t feel like they are missing out on too much. This group is both older and less affluent, and they often have significant health or disability issues that make it challenging for them to use technology.

More in our NEW REPORT that examines the place that technology holds in older adults’ lives.

pewresearch:

How much missing plane coverage is too much?

Pew Research Center president Alan Murray discusses what the public thinks on CNN’s Reliable Sources. 

nprfreshair:

Check out Alexis Madrigal's latest article in The Atlantic, How Twitter Has Changed Over the Years in 12 Charts
He’s also the Fresh Air tech contributor. You can read/listen to his pieces here.

nprfreshair:

Check out Alexis Madrigal's latest article in The Atlantic, How Twitter Has Changed Over the Years in 12 Charts

He’s also the Fresh Air tech contributor. You can read/listen to his pieces here.

"The Internet will be everywhere by 2025 — the question is, who will control it, and for what end?"

Anonymous responder, on the future of the internet.

Something to ponder …

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NEW: A gif map of how many executions have occurred in each state in a given year or overall since 1977, the year after the Supreme Court reaffirmed its approval of the death penalty.

For more, see our new report which finds that a shrinking majority of Americans (55%) support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder.  

fastcompany:

Turkey’s Social Media Crackdown Continues With YouTube Block
Turkey blocked access to YouTube on Thursday after leaked recordings allegedly reveal the Turkish foreign minister and high-ranking government officials plotting an invasion of Syria.
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fastcompany:

Turkey’s Social Media Crackdown Continues With YouTube Block

Turkey blocked access to YouTube on Thursday after leaked recordings allegedly reveal the Turkish foreign minister and high-ranking government officials plotting an invasion of Syria.

More> Fast Company

"By 2025, it will become more apparent that personal digital devices have become the uncredited third lobe of our brain, and network connections more like an extension of our own nervous system, a new sense, like seeing and hearing. Questions about our rights over our own devices and connections will treat them more like parts of our bodies and beings than some third-party thing that is a privilege to own or something we merely rent. It will force us to redefine what being human means — and what personhood means, in terms of the law, representative government, and every other issue."

— Brian Behlendorf, Internet pioneer and board member of several non-profits and for-profits, predicted that people will feel the information network has become a “new sense” by 2025.

"In calculating the number of editorial jobs in the expanding digital native news world, Pew Research divided that universe into two main categories. One category encompassed hundreds of outlets with mostly small staffs while the other focused on bigger and more prominent digital news operations with considerably greater job growth, financial resources and reporting capacity.

Combining those two groups, Pew Research was able to account for a total of about 5,000 jobs in the digital news sector.”

Read more about the digital news world

6% of online adults are reddit users. Are you one of them? If so, join our director and Internet/tech expert Lee Rainie for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) today at 3pm Eastern. If not, and you’ve been waiting for the right moment to jump into the social site known as the “front page of the Internet,” now’s your chance!
Have any questions about our research you’ve always wanted answered? Perfect time!

6% of online adults are reddit users. Are you one of them? If so, join our director and Internet/tech expert Lee Rainie for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) today at 3pm Eastern. If not, and you’ve been waiting for the right moment to jump into the social site known as the “front page of the Internet,” now’s your chance!

Have any questions about our research you’ve always wanted answered? Perfect time!

2 story-telling charts from a brand new report on the state of the news media in America:

Today, our friends over at the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project released their annual, comprehensive report on the State of the News Media, including special reports about the revenue picture for news, the growth in digital reporting, social media and news, and developments around digital video. It’s an absolute treasure trove; Dive in.

We’ll pull some of the key charts from the report and post them here; stay tuned …

Links for charts above: http://pewrsr.ch/NRLCHV and http://pewrsr.ch/OT4A1L

"Access to the Internet will be a international human right. The diversity of perspectives from all different parts of the globe tackling some of our biggest problems will lead to breakthroughs we can’t imagine on issues such as poverty, inequality, and the environment."

— Tiffany Shlain, creator of the AOL series The Future Starts Here, and founder of The Webby Awards, on what digital life will be like in 2025.

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