Reading blogs #4

OK, i think this thing is evolving.  I did not receive any responses to questions I posted in the previous digest, but I blame it on the digest itself being too long (unfortunately it looks like this one is not much shorter).  I did have some verbal feedback though.  I would still like to hear more opinions, I keep on playing with this format on my own in the meantime.

Please, let me know what you think.

“New” media

What Is the Use of [Academic Discipline] Blogging?” – Apparently there is an entire debate going on and it is pretty interesting, particularly as I am still trying to figure out the role of this blog in my scholarship.

Research Blogging” – This is actually a website, an initiative, that attempts to mark thoughtful blog posts about peer-reviewed research and also keep those posts to a certain standards.  I am going to keep it in mind as it seems there are few registered blogs on the website focused on social science.

Christian Science Monitor Goes Online-Only” – I think this is the first major newspaper that completely gives up print in favor of online.

Interesting reports, numbers, and visualization

Healthy Mobile and Internet Revenue Growth in Russia Continues in First Six Months” – I think the title speaks for itself – Russia is getting connected.  At the same time – “Major Russian Telcos Receive Financial Aid from State” – I do not completely understand what got “Altimo” and others into financial trouble and wonder if it is somehow related to the current financial crisis.

Another part of the world that isn’t getting much attention in relation to MICT – “Mobile in Australia – for those who only want stats” – this is a promotional summary of a lengthily report and it has a number of interesting figures.

OECD Science, Technology and Industry Outlook” (via Thoughts About K4D) – Some interesting numbers about tendencies of investment in R&D, which is growing in developing countries while declining in US and Europe.

Wi-Fi Reaches Milestone” – Wi-Fi technology celebrates it s 10th birthday.

6.5 Billion SMS’s Sent Every Month in the UK” – Some interesting numbers about the SMS usage in UK (you will need IE to read the full item).

Economic crisis and MICT

Financial crisis will hit the telco industry” – I think the interesting observation mentioned in this promotional summary is that the emerging markets are more concerned with the potential implications of the crisis on their telecom sectors, yet the developed economies are those who are currently taking the hit; I keep on thinking whether better information infrastructure made the developed economies more exposed to the financial crisis – what do you think?  As if to illustrate this observation – “Indian mobile users ignore economic gloom“.

MICT regulation

Microsoft: Let’s Get White Spaces Going (PC Magazine)” – The white space debate continues and the decision is to fall on the election day.

Senators To FCC: Put The Brakes On Nov. 4 Telecom Reform” – Another example of how the “digital divide” based rhetoric is used to push policy development.

US election

Map Shows Newspaper Endorsements in US Presidential Election” – I think the title speaks for itself; interesting take on things.  And here is a – “Cool New Political Video Barometer” – which also has examples of some popular viral videos on both sides of political map.  BTW, Henry Jenkins in his post argues against the term “viral media” in favor of “spreadable media” – what do you think?

Take a Vote Hour” – Hear Donald Trump and a group of other high level executives calling their employees to take an hour on November 4th to go vote.  I only wonder if they are going to pay their employees for that hour?

“What is the connection between Barak Obama and Israeli election?” (HE) – Interesting and thoughtful analysis of the potential link between the US and the Israeli election.  First, it has a discussion of the difference in opinions between US-Israelis and religious Jews (McCain) on the one hand and general US-Jewish population (Obama) on the other.  Second, it suggests that having information about who the next US president is will impact the election in Israel.  If McCain will sit in the White House, it will probably strengthen Netanyahu’s position.  If Obama will occupy the post, it will probably strengthen the position of Livni and Barak.  I wonder if in fact this will be a significant component in the Israeli voters’ decision making?  Last issue of Economist seems to raise the same question.

Interesting thoughts

How to achieve sustainable peace?” – Thoughts and observations from Jorge Sampaio, the former president of the Portuguese Republic (1996-2006) and United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations.

The Contribution Revolution” – Scott Cook is coining the term “user contribution systems” referring to one of the most interesting components behind the web-2.0-based businesses.  Unfortunately, you will have to pay for the full version of the article.

Wikipedia founder proclaims online collaboration is ‘still new’” – Jimmy Wales talking about Wikipedia and the future of online collaboration.

Simply fun and cool stuff

The Hidden Connection Between Windows and Google Chrome Logo” – I have not tried Chrome yet, though i am reading it is not very good; have anyone reading this lines tried it?

Google finally bakes Calendar and Docs into Gmail” – the post emphaszes that this is only part of the side bar widget, that will allow encorporating applications originally developed for iGoogle into your Gmail; I think it kind of makes sense, since email is still a pivotal online activity even for those who use iGoogle as their homepage.

WePC: Intel and Asus ask you to build your own laptop” – Kind of an interesting idea of having a conversation with the potential users as to what they actually want in a laptop.  It reminds me of a project I blogged about a while ago where children were asked to draw their dream laptop.

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