25 years on, here are the worst ever predictions about the internet

On 7 February 1995, the American magazine Newsweekshared the truth about the internet. “The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works,” wrote Clifford Stoll, in a piece that hasthankfully been preserved online for the ages. “How about electronic publishing? Try reading a book on disc,” Stoll went on, “Yet Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we’ll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh,…

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Visitors on IFDC tour learn about farming technology

CHEROKEE — Troy Chambers said he hopes to take what he learns during an International Fertilizer Development Center farm tour back to Jamaica to help increase the efficiency of his greenhouse farming operation. Likewise, Henry Opolot, assistant commissioner of the Ministry of Agriculture in Uganda, wants to take information about farming technology and water system management back to his country. “There is a lot to learn,” Opolot said. Both men were part of the tour IFDC spokesman James Thigpen said included more than 40 people from 21 countries. The visitors traveled…

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Engaged Voters Are Internet-Connected Voters

Though the Digital Divide is decreasing in certain groups, one stark division remains: states with the lowest number of internet users often have low voter turnouts. According to a recent report from HighSpeedInternet.com, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, and Washington all fall in the top ten states for both voter turnout and internet users. On the flip side, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and New Mexico all fall in the bottom ten for those same categories. There isn’t a single, simple reason behind this trend, but there are a few…

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Auto Supplier Preparing To Show Off Autonomous Car Technology – See more at: http://www.wsjm.com/2016/08/23/auto-supplier-preparing-to-show-off-autonomous-car-technology/#sthash.c5U2p3eq.dpuf

Auto supplier Delphi is working to have autonomous vehicle technology ready to sell to automakers by 2019. CEO Kevin Clark says there are several reasons why self-driving cars are attracting interest. First, regulators want fewer traffic injuries and fatalities. Also, municipal planners want less of a need for parking. He adds consumers are expressing interest, as well. [Source:-News Talk]

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Google and Facebook have a long way to go to get the rest of the world online

For most of the US, the internet is ubiquitous. It’s everywhere from your phone to your TV. People rely on it to work, socialize, and make money. That being the case, it’s easy to forget that simply being an internet user puts you in the minority. This chart from Statista shows just how deep the divide is: According to the ITU, the UN agency that coordinates telecommunication services around the world, global internet penetration in 2016 is estimated to be 47.1%. While 79.1% of Europe and 65% of the Americas…

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Mobileye Accelerates Self-Driving Car Technology With Delphi Deal

The road to self-driving cars got a little more crowded Tuesday, as Mobileye (MBLY) announced it will partner with General Motors (GM) supplier Delphi Automotive(DLPH) to jointly develop off-the-shelf autonomous driving technology for automakers. The two companies announced they will co-develop “the market’s first turnkey Level 4/5 automated driving solution,” which carmakers could begin integrating into vehicles starting in 2019. Level 5 is totally self-driving, while Level 4 is close to complete autonomy. All the major automakers and a number of the largest tech companies are working to develop self-driving cars, mostly through…

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CloudFlare Protects Internet Users By Insisting On Lawful Orders Before Blocking Customers

This month, the online service provider CloudFlare stood up for its website-owner customers, and for all users of those websites, by telling a court that CloudFlare shouldn’t be forced to block sites without proper legal procedure. Copyright law limits the kinds of orders that a court can impose on Internet intermediaries, and requires courts to consider the pros and cons thoroughly. In this case, as in other recent cases, copyright (and trademark) holders are trying to use extremely broad interpretations of some basic court rules to bypass these important protections….

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Older Workers Are More Tech Savvy Than We Think

Forget the stereotype of older people fumbling around with smartphones and not being able to find the power button on a computer. A new study says that the notion of older people not being very tech-savvy is mostly a myth. The file-sharing app Dropbox and market research firm Ipsos Mori teamed up to ask 4,000 workers of all ages in the information sector about their experience with technology. Despite abundant stereotypes that older people aren’t comfortable with technology, the survey found that just a quarter of people over 55 felt…

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Singapore will ban civil servants from using the internet

Public servants in Singapore will be barred from using the internet at work, under a new policy aimed at protecting the city-state from cyber attacks and espionage. As Reuters reports, computers in some Singaporean ministries are already disconnected, or “air-gapped,” from the web, but security experts doubt that expanding the policy will do much to enhance cybersecurity. David Koh, head of Singapore’s Cyber Security Agency, tells Reuters that officials decided to air gap government computers after realizing that the threat of a cyber attack “is too real.” Research has shown that countries…

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