"With more than 1.5 billion people online around the world, scientists estimate that the energy footprint of the net is growing by more than 10% each year. This leaves many internet companies caught in a bind: energy costs are escalating because of their increasing popularity, while at the same time their advertising revenues come under pressure from the recession."
"[The Barclays injunction against the Guardian] was only the latest example of British courts trying to preserve what it saw as litigants’ rights even in the face of an onslaught of information on the Internet. To some, this may be a final, futile effort."
"Shirky says he previously made certain assumptions about the result of what he calls 'crowd wisdom' and its positive impact for democracy. Now he believes that public pressure via the internet could be 'just another implementation layer for special interest groups'."
"It's also worth noting that big-brand publishers were generally delighted when the world came crashing down on the first wave of internet entrepreneurs. It allowed them to fall back on old ideology and a degree of complacency about the digital world set in that in some cases took several years to shake off. The schadenfreude they showed then certainly wouldn't be repeated this time around because they have so much more invested in it."
Long New York Times magazine article looking at trolls who harass online communities.
Scott Karp: "If publishers want to maximize value on the web, they have to put the web first every time — that means you can’t just take what you create for print and dump it on the web, regardless of the cost efficiencies, because you’re destroying
"Data centres consumed 0.6% of the world's electricity in 2000, and 1% in 2005. Globally, they are already responsible for more carbon-dioxide emissions per year than Argentina or the Netherlands".
"Consultants McKinsey have issued a report warning that data centres could, by 2012-13 overtake aviation as a cause of greenhouse emissions..."
"Can you imagine a content economy five or ten years from now that supports 2,000 versions of the same story? Is it any surprise that the company that creates far and away the most economic value on the web produces NO ORIGINAL CONTENT?"
"As energy prices soar, and governments and organisations start to sweat over their carbon footprint, the energy consumption of the internet is coming under scrutiny."
"What can you do if a patient conducts a scurrilous campaign [against a doctor] on the Internet, calling into question your skills as a doctor? Barristers Michael Salter and Chris Bryden advise."
Reporters Without Borders accused the UNESCO of yielding to pressure from some of the 15 member countries on [its list of "Internet Enemies"] by dropping its backing for the event.
"Research shows that among the youngest Internet users, the primary creators of Web content (blogs, graphics, photographs, Web sites) are ... digitally effusive teenage girls."
"Two Oakland Tribune Web producers have won acclaim for their interactive community project, 'Not Just A Number.'"