A new study of the political blogosphere by researchers at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society finds conservative blogs are more likely to employ hierarchical structures that highlight the work of one author, and include limited community participation. Liberal blogs, by contrast, are more likely to be participatory, and include more calls to political action.
The big debates and legislation of our time, from health care to economic stimulus, appear to be fueling interest in online government information. The government and third parties have responded with a flood of new data. A new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds four in 10 Internet users go online to get data about government spending and activities, while three in 10 use social media ad other tech tools the engage with the government.
This humble technology report first aired way back in 1996. What was going on that year? Apple Computer was in a tailspin, digital cameras were too expensive for the masses, and this thing called the Internet was just starting to emerge outside the techiest of circles.
Today we look back at a few stories we covered in the earliest days of Future Tense.
– Download MP3 – iTunes This story first aired in February 2009. On today’s show I visit Google’s founding executive chef, Charlie Ayers, at his restaurant in Palo Alto. Charlie Ayers does some early morning work in his new restaurant, Calafia, which is located across the street from Stanford University
Advocates of digital rights have long been concerned about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, partly because negotiators from the U.S., European Union, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and other countries have been working in secret. This week we get to see the first draft of ACTA.