Going responsive: redesigning the Pao Yue-kong Library homepage and discovery tool at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

(23 December 2014) The Pao Yue-kong Library has recently launched a fully responsive redesigned homepage that is optimized for browsing on mobile devices of different sizes. Being the first among UGC-funded university libraries in Hong Kong to adopt responsive web design when developing its homepage, Pao Yue-kong Library aims to improve usability and user experience […]

December 23, 2014 - 1:36 pm

ITU releases annual global ICT data and ICT Development Index country rankings

(24 November 2014, Geneva)  Over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, according to ITU’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report. The report is widely recognized as the repository of the world’s most reliable and impartial global data and analysis […]

November 30, 2014 - 8:00 am

Half the world will be online by 2017

(21 September 2014, New York) Over 50% of the global population will have internet access within three years’ time, with mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets now the fastest growing technology in human history, according to the 2014 edition of the State of Broadband report. Released today in New York at the 10th meeting of […]

September 23, 2014 - 8:43 am

Australia eyes copyright act amendment to curb downloading; ISPs wary

(11 August 2014) The Australian government is seeking to amend its copyright act to address online copyright infringement. To that purpose, a discussion paper has been issued for public input until 1 September. The Online Copyright Infringement Discussion Paper released in July, makes a number of proposals to amend the Australian Copyright Act of 1968. […]

August 13, 2014 - 7:37 am

Which countries made most ‘right to be forgotten’ requests? Google reveals all

(31 July 2014) Google has revealed which countries have made the most requests for links to be removed from search results under Europe’s new “right to be forgotten”. The country with the most requests is France. 17,500 requests have been made under French law, involving around 58,000 URLs. Read the story by Rich Trenholm on […]

August 7, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Google ‘learning as we go’ in row over right to be forgotten

(4 July 2014)  Google has agreed to change the way it implements Europe’s new “right to be forgotten” measure after being criticised for being over-zealous in its approach to blocking results in name-based searches. More than 70,000 people have asked Google to delete links to articles about them after a ruling in May by the […]

July 7, 2014 - 11:31 am

Google starts scrubbing news articles from search after court ruling

(3 July 2104) Raising concerns about censorship and the freedom of the press, articles from major British news outlets are beginning to be removed from some Google search results after a European court ruling began allowing citizens to request their personal histories to be scrubbed from search engines. The Time website has the story about the […]

July 5, 2014 - 9:06 am

The right to be forgotten: balancing conflicting rights

(26 June 2014)  In a widely publicised case last month, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) applied the “right to be forgotten,” requesting that internet search engines, under certain circumstances, delist links to personal data upon request. The court’s decision establishes a contentious balance between the right to privacy and the public’s right to access […]

June 30, 2014 - 10:21 am

Chicago Public Library wins $400,000 for wi-fi access program

(23 June 2014)  The Chicago Public Library has been awarded $400,000 by the Knight Foundation for its initiative to expand internet access throughout the community. The library’s program, called Internet to Go, will test wi-fi hotspot lending in six neighborhood libraries. These libraries will loan devices for three weeks at a time and provide digital […]

June 29, 2014 - 8:18 am

YouTube launching paid streaming music service

(17 June 2014) YouTube said on Tuesday that it plans to launch a paid streaming music service, in partnership with “hundreds of major and independent” music labels. A statement by the Google Inc. owned company confirmed long-running rumors that the world’s most popular online video website would offer a paid music service. The Chicago Tribune […]

June 18, 2014 - 5:57 pm

The right to be forgotten

(14 May 2014) The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in favour of a Spanish gentlemen who objected to articles containing his name being retrieved by search engines. He requested the owner of the web pages and Google to have the web pages removed or altered. The detailed but easy to read […]

May 14, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Aurora2 dark fibre communications research service to power the future internet

(9 May 2014)  Jisc has launched Aurora2, its new national dark fibre research and development platform. The internet is built on fibre optic cables which are installed by the telecoms companies. Until light-emitting equipment is connected to the fibres they are ‘dark’. These fibre cables run under our cities and carry the internet services that […]

May 10, 2014 - 8:00 am

Internet2 teams up with India’s National Knowledge Network

(19 March 2014)  Internet2, a computer-networking consortium whose infrastructure supports the work of tens of thousands of educators and researchers across the United States, expects to formalize a partnership with its counterpart in India this month. Officials say the move will clear the way for collaboration between American and Indian researchers on a scale never seen […]

March 21, 2014 - 8:38 am

Internet will be like ‘electricity’ in 2025

(11 March 2014, Washington, D.C.) Asked to predict how technology will change over the next decade, hundreds of experts agree that trends now underway will make the internet more important even as it becomes less visible in daily life. They believe it will become more “like electricity” and produce vastly greater human and machine connectivity […]

March 12, 2014 - 7:56 am

Australia’s national digital literacy program

(6 March 2014)  One in five adults in Australia is not online. To address this issue, Australia Post and Infoxchange are rolling out a four year national digital literacy program. The program has the ambitious goal of getting more than 300,000 Australians to improve their digital skills and realise their digital potential.  Small businesses, the elderly, postal workers […]

March 6, 2014 - 9:23 am