:: Friday, January 21, 2005 ::

The Future of the Internet

In a survey, technology experts and scholars evaluate where the network is
headed in the next ten years

Susannah Fox, Janna Quitney Anderson, Lee Rainie
Pew Internet & American Life Project 1/9/2005


A wide-ranging survey of technology leaders, scholars, industry officials, and analysts finds that most internet experts expect attacks on the network infrastructure in the coming decade as the internet becomes more embedded in everyday and commercial life. They believe the dawning of the blog era will bring radical change to the news and publishing industry and they think the internet will have the least impact on religious institutions.

View PDF of Report

View PDF of Questionnaire

Originally posted at Nettime: Future of the Internet
:: Eduardo Navas [+] ::
:: Thursday, January 20, 2005 ::
Electrohype closes its door

After five years of promoting and advocating computer based art Electrohype have to close down its activities. It both a sad and strange feeling to have to close down, especially when we are thinking of the fact that we right now are presenting the large exhibition in Malmo Konsthall. The exhibition Electrohype 2004 has been visited by more than 27 000 person so far and the reviews have been very good, but it might also be the last things we are organizing. On the positive side maybe we can see it as a beautiful ending.
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Selected News

Google on imaging: "Google has released version two of its free photo management tool to allow people to share digital pictures online."

Mobile Technology makes yet another connection on the net, Smartphones may be the next hype: "Known as Ubiquitous Viewer, the technology will let mobile phone users access their Windows-based computer remotely over a mobile phone data network. Once connected, they will be able to open and edit files and access e-mail and Web browser software through a menu screen on their phone."

Apple sues Harvard student: "Earlier this month, Apple sued Think Secret as well as "Nick dePlume" and other unnamed individuals that it claims posted information about various unreleased products. The identity of dePlume was confirmed when the 19-year-old spoke out in an interview with the Harvard Crimson."

Australia takes over New York: "An Australian company that manages Internet domain name registrations acknowledged that it was partially responsible for a Web domain hijacking that left Public Access Networks, a New York Internet hosting company, without an Internet address over the weekend."

Online Music sales quadrupled in 2004, close to a million songs are now available legally online: "Por otro y según un informe de la Federación Internacional de la Industria Fonografica (IFPI), el número de tiendas de música online se cuadruplicó en 2004 hasta alcanzar más de 230."

Domain names are not registered in large numbers in Spain. Some experts say it is because domain names are expensive. Spain is in ninth place in domain registration at this point, and registers less than all of Europe: "Los internautas españoles registran ... pero menos que en el resto de Europa, sobre todo, el registro.es. [...]Este índice está encabezado por Estados Unidos, con 29,3 millones, al que le siguen Alemania (2,9 millones), Reino Unido (2,2 millones), Canadá (1,7 millones), Francia (1,2 millones), China (1,1 millones), Australia (833.975) y Corea (797.113), mientras que Japón se sitúa ya por detrás de España, con un total de 624.544 dominios genéricos."

FBI stops using Carnivore, Commercial tools will now be used for surveilance: "Celà n'empeche pas le FBI de continuer sa surveillance electronique, elle emploit maintenant des logiciels disponibles dans le commerce !"

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:: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 ::
Another "not-funded-by-the-US-Army-research-institution" closing down:

The Media Lab Europe that had the Media Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Irish government as main stakeholders, announced its death on January 14th. The lab adopted "an interdisciplinary approach to developing new ways in which technologies can expand human potential". The Lab's agenda was therefore not in tune with the current priorities as far as where funds should go to...


Originally the funding for the lab, which was born in 2000, came from the Irish Government. By now, it was expected to have become self-financed.

However, there are times where the word "sustainability" just doesn't work... and more than creativity, talent and hard work are needed to find alternative models of funding.

Clearly, neither the Irish Government nor the MIT were able to succeed in this quest. Other research institutions have had similar difficulties during this period that should be known in the history of XX1st century research as the (so far 4) "black years"- and that will surely affect us all for many years to come.

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No-org.net launches a new project called Art Keywords:

The aim of the project is to start a self-growing, collaborative encyclopedic dictionary that would approach central concepts, keywords, terms, and definitions related to 21st century art.

The project attempts to create a place for the data and definition exchange where the combination of theoretical, mediative and artistic (poetic) definitions comes from the need to establish different approaches to art definition.

We ask for artists, curators, critics and cultural mediators to send us terms and concepts relevant to their own approach to art, defined textually (definitions, articles, references, etc.) or through a media item (image, video, sound etc.)

The project will operate on ongoing basis, with an initial version launched by January 2005.

For further information on how to collaborate, visit the website.

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:: Monday, January 17, 2005 ::
Turbulence Commission: "getawayexperiment.net" by Nathaniel Stern and Marcus Neustetter

"getawayexperiment.net" proposes a dialogue between the virtual and physical processes of sign and site design and perception. Stern and Neustetter have transformed several information-based web pages into collaboratively constructed communication sites; they commissioned local sign-makers in Johannesburg, South Africa to "re-mix" five websites (Fox News, Google Images, joburg.org.za, Solidarity and Turbulence) by painting stylized versions of each image on their main pages. The hand-painted signs were then scanned, prepared for the web, and uploaded.

Each of the five sites can be seen in three ways: 1) the original site (on its original server); 2) the "getaway" site in edit mode; and 3) the "getaway" site in non-edit  mode. In edit mode, participants from anywhere in the world can click on an image in any one of the "getaway" pages and upload their own replacement images. In non-edit mode each individual image is randomly pulled from the site's database, thereby transforming the "getaways" into dynamic collages that signify something completely new.

Concept, Artists/Designers: Nathaniel Stern, Marcus Neustetter; Information Architecture: Templar Wales; Programming/Scripting: BlinkNewMedia; Core Sign-Writers: Mduduzi Manyoni, Tebogo Phafudi, Bongani Nkou, Kasa Thamae, and Nkosana.

"getawayexperiment.net" is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from The Greenwall Foundation.

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:: Sunday, January 16, 2005 ::
The non-profit outdoor arts organization Creative Time will present the U.S. premiere of Nuevos Ricos. An independent record label, NUEVOS RICOS = USA is a, "rare and electrifying combination of music, visual art, performance, and spectacle featuring bands that use rock and electronic music as a jumping point for their outlandish and interactive performances."

[Nuevos Ricos = USA is presented in conjunction with Carlos Amorales' artwork, "The Forest", on Creative Time's The 59th Minute: Video Art on the NBC Astrovision by Panasonic in Times Square through February 28, 2005.]

Check it out:
To attend please RSVP to rsvp@creativetime.org.

PASSERBY, 436 West 15th Street, NYC, 10 P.M. - 2 A.M.
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