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  • Clive 10:26 am on January 14, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: dystopia   

    Andrew Keen – The Internet is bad for you 

    The Internet Is Bad For You – The Daily Beast

    The fascists of the 1930s were able to take advantage of the yawning gap between individual expectations and the harsh realities of the global economic system. As the nightmare of the 2008 economic meltdown unfolds, I fear the reappearance of that unbridgeable gap between expectations and reality. We live in an increasingly democratized culture in which individuals, tragically, have less and less control over their own economic lives. The Internet—in its seductive promise of personal empowerment—only compounds this illusion. In his speech earlier this month, Obama said, “here in the country that invented the Internet, every child should have the chance to get online.” If only enlightenment was that simple.

  • Clive 11:13 am on September 26, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , dystopia, teens   

    EU Kids Online – New Report 

    A couple of new reports are out from EU Kids Online. Here are some extracts:

    Broadly speaking, the more internet users there are in a country, the more legislation there is regulating activities on the internet. In countries where the internet is less common, more Government efforts are made to promote internet use, while once the internet becomes more common, risk awareness and then literacy initiatives gain priority on the policy agenda.

    Underlines the broad paradigm for liberal democracies – universal access is the initial priority.

    It is teenagers, rather than children in general, who are the digital pioneers in Europe. While children aged 12-17 are more likely to use the internet than are parents (87% vs. 65%) this is not the case for those under 11 years old. Hence, for younger children, it is reasonable to expect that their parents will understand the internet sufficiently to guide their use, but this may not hold for teenagers.

    Overall, the evidence supports the hypothesis that internet-related skills increase with age. This is likely to include their abilities to protect themselves from online risks although, perhaps surprisingly, this has been little examined.

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