The Internet is the world’s largest telecommunications network ever built and is the fastest way to transfer any type of data between any two points on the globe. Originally known as the ARPANET while still a research project at the University of California, Los Angeles in the late 1960s, use of the Internet became much more common in the 1990s with the invention of the World Wide Web in 1989. As of January 2009, approximately one in every four people on the globe has access to the Internet.
It’s hard to believe that even in late 2009, there are still countries, full-fledged independent countries, that do not have mobile phone service.
That list got smaller this week as the Pacific island nation of Nauru finally got access to…More →
After Internet addiction centers have opened up in South Korea, China, and Japan, now the United States has just opened its first facility in Fall City, Washington, in Pacific Northwest region of the country.
The institution, formally called reSTART Internet Addiction Recovery…More →
Last weekend, Austrian online media producer and amateur archeologist Michael Eisenriegler (above) and his Mongolian colleague, Zundoi Altangerel, uncovered two crates worth of irreplaceable artifacts, including manuscripts, Buddhist statues and clothing.More →
In the online world, where our identities are mostly unknown, people don’t always have a chance to meet each other in person. However, we can still create something together.
So, let’s write two stories together in English!
Whether it’s a love story…More →
For many years, citizen activists have been pooling information about North Korea in order to reveal the locations of hidden prisons and other sites of interest in the humanitarian effort to effect greater transparency on the isolated regime.
However, according to…More →
There’s been lots of online activity in the run-up to the Iranian presidential election, which is coming up on June 12.
There’s a four-way election currently going on between the two main conservative candidates, including incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mohsen Rezaei,…More →
The internet is a tool that we all use every day. It’s arguably one of the greatest inventions of the last half century. But it’s had a profound impact on the way that we interact with each other and with society…More →
There’s been much discussion lately about how Africa’s bandwidth is too little, and too expensive. I’d argue, in fact, that this bandwidth problem, coupled with insane bureaucracy and corruption have kept prices in Africa largely artificially high.
OLPC News makes the…More →
Occasionally when I upload a photo to Flickr, I’ll add some geotagging information if I have it readily available. Geotagging, for the uninitiated, is way to to tell Flickr where (down to the intersection) you took a particular photo. Basically,…More →