Reading blogs #5

By | November 9, 2008

Here is another one… looks like I can’t make them shorter, unless i make them more frequent (which i am not sure i want to do).  Any thoughts?

Interesting event

The Campaign That Never Quite Happened…” – Henry Jenkins is advertising an event to be held by MIT Communications Forum on November 13.  If you are in town, it should be an interesting conversation to attend.

Interesting reports, numbers, and visualizations

TeleGeography has recently released new data on WiMax deployments worldwide.  I don’t have access to the entire data set, but I got this interesting graph in their promotional email.  It looks like WiMax is taking off at a higher rate in developing countries:

WiMax 2008 from TeleGeography

Rostelecom Sees Revenues Triple by 2013 on Broadband Growth and Market Expansion” – Some interesting numbers from the Russian telecom market.

The 2008 Legatum Prosperity Index” (via “Thoughts about K4D“) – An interesting report ranking countries based on prosperity, livability, and economics; I would recommend exploring the website as it has rather detailed country profiles, which are interesting.

Half of Cambridge University students admit Internet plagiarism” – I think the title of the post speaks for itself and I think it again highlights the need for (1) more education on the appropriate and productive uses of the internet and (2) leveling the ground of computer literacy between the students and the educators.

Internet Trends 2008” – A summary of a Morgan Stanley report on (surprise, surprise) internet trends; it mentions some interesting trends, but nothing revolutionary; here is a PDF with the complete presentation.

New 2008 Social Technographics data reveals rapid growth in adoption” (via Scholarly Kitchen) – Summary of a report revealing a rapid growth in what people do online in terms of creating and consuming content.

Worldwide broadband prices continue to drop” (via Tech.Blorge) – Technology and communication are becoming cheaper and this article has some numbers to support this claim.

MICT Regulation

TIA Asks Congress For A Broadband Stimulus Package” – Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is appealing to Congress for a stimulus package suggesting that broadband will solve most of US’s problems; it is interesting to see the reasoning behind this appeal.

Phone system overhaul could be delayed” and “FCC Chief Pulls Plan to Rework Phone Fees” – A little pick behind the scenes (of economics) of your mundane phone call.

Brazil’s Self-Regulatory Code for Internet Service Providers” – Interesting… I just shared some thoughts about potential motivations behind the “Global Network Initiative” and here Brazilian ISPs are doing exactly what I was talking about.

Not just the identity of the next US president was decided on November 4th, but also the destiny of the “white space” by deciding to open it up for unlicensed use.  Here are some reactions in the blogosphere – “FCC opened white spaces”  “A vote for broadband in the ‘white spaces’” – and in the mainstream media – “FCC approves ‘white space’ for broadband“.  And there is also a PDF with the official FCC press release.

Low-Cost Carriers in U.S. Beat Drop in Wireless Growth” – Some numbers about the changing US mobile market as a number of smaller competitors have joined the game.

“New” media

Is there a business model for Twitter?” – A summary of Twiter-related news from a recent Web 2.0 conference.  Interestingly, it looks like the company is moving away from the advertisement-based model, towards focusing on the core of its business.  I am glad that it is actually in line with some of my earlier thoughts.

“Digital Divide”

Turning Mobile Phones Into Medical Diagnostic Tools” – Another aspect of what the “digital divide” may mean or even more so, what benefits can be in bridging it.  On the same topic, the EU commission is making steps to support development of telemedicine in EU.

AT&T going strong, buys rural wireless co. Centennial” – At&T is going rural and that is really interesting because it can be read as new business opportunities lying in the developing areas.  And in another part of the world – “Zain Considers US$4 bil. of Acquisitions by 2010 in Middle East and Africa“.


Asus promises $200 eee PC in 2009” – I wrote before and I still think that greatest contribution of OLPC project so far is creating an industry of simple and cheap laptops.

Research efforts

Wikimedia launches worldwide survey” – Wikipedia creators decided that they want to know more about their users and I bet this will be a really interesting piece of research.  I wonder thought if it is informed by or is similar to what Sheizaf Rafaeli and a group of his colleagues/students did some time ago.

US election

The election is over, but there are still some interesting reflections on the process and its repercussions. For example…

Election to Benefit Some Industries, Harm Others” – An attempt to think which sectors will gain depending on who will sit in the White House.

Higher Ed Wins: U.S. Gets Oval Office Professors” and “The Scholarly Presidency” – I have never thought about the fact that Obama has a record of academic work, which is another lens to look at this election.

American Elections 2008 – A Pakistani’s Perspective” – Amna is sharing her thoughts as a Pakistani and as citizen of the world.

Newsweeks’s special election project” – A really interesting project trying to show behind the scenes of the campaigns.

Newspapers Sell Like Hotcakes as People Seek Mementos” and “Obama victory boosts newspaper sales – now available on eBay” – A Washington Post article and a post about an interesting side event to the election.  Apparently people went on buying “physically encapsulated” information about the historical night, which I find really interesting in other further “digitalizing” world.

Election Day News Event of the Year – 24 Hour Networks Win” – Another interesting observation from Hitwise – the websites of our old good TV networks enjoyed the highest traffic during the election night.  These were nor the newspaper, neither blogs or YouTube, but old good TV, even if it was online.  Interestingly, another medium that attracted a lot of traffic was text messanging.  I wonder if it has to do with the age of Obama supporters and can be linked to recent criticism of phone polls under-represeting young voters who do not have landlines?

Simply Interesting, Fun, and Coll Stuff

How Does a Color-Blind Person See Your Site?” – It may interest you if you are into website development and care about issues of accesability; the link in this post will take you to a website that allows you viewing your page through the eyes of a color-blind person.

The laptop’s 40th birthday, it all started with the “Dynabook”” – Just an interesting piece of information.

Russia: Putin to get new Web site detailing his whereabouts” – Basically Putin is getting a blog (EN).

Plug into Now” (from Sprint via Flowing Data) – a visualization of various facts about our daily life such as the amount of emails sent, transplants made, trees cut, houses built, and more.

New Honda device eases walking, standing, working” – A device that helps you coping with gravity; it looks totally futuristic, though i wish they had better quality pics.

2 thoughts on “Reading blogs #5

  1. Amna

    The WiMax one is very interesting. One of the reasons why I think WiMax is taking off at a higher rate in developing countries is it’s low cost especially in South Asian region. The WiMax subscription is as low as PKR 20,000 a year (equivalent to 250 USD) and it is almost unlimited in Pakistan. I’ve heard it’s even lower in India.
    This not only applies to WiMax but also all other means of telecommunication. I remember telling you about the cable bill is as low as 3.75 USD per month. If you remember we saw a presentation in Bangkok about the business models of telecom companies in South Asian region. It is exactly the reason why telecommunication had taken a great start there. Here’s more information on WiMax in Pakistan:


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