Michael Geist has recently proclaimed that the new legislative agenda reset is the perfect time for parliament to focus on digital issues. He notes that Minister Tony Clement is familiar with the need to update digital policy, which it has been ignored since the late 1990's. This need is especially relavent in recent revelations that Canada's internet ranking has been in a steady decline, with Canadians now paying more money from slower internet when compared to other countries. Read more »
The changing shape of internet networking and massive traffic increases are creating problems for scientists in charge of understanding and tracing the many intricate connections on the net. They note that peering (companies connecting their networks together) has greatly impacted networking practices, taking traffic away from main internet companies. Instead the internet "has begun to cascade in torrents of data on the edges of the network, as if a river in flood were carving new channels". Read more »
The BBC published an article regarding the Pew Research Center's report called Understanding the Participatory News Consumer. The BBC article states, "newspapers in the US and UK have been going through financial difficulties, leading many to examine charging for their news online." As many Canadians know, Canada is also facing this dilemma.
Apparently, "61% of readers surveyed said they got their news online on a typical day [and] more than 90% use more than one method to get news." Read more »