Internet Governance: We’re Only as Free as We Think We Are

Week 5 is in the books, and it was an enlightening one. The history of Internet regulation is fascinating, characterized by many different attempts to legislate content, speech and activity online. But for every new effort to regulate the Internet, there is someone who can find a loophole or find a new technology that hasn’t…

The Digital Divide: No (Man, Woman, Child) Left Behind?

I grew up solidly middle class, and when personal computers became all the rage in the late 90s, my family was able to purchase one, along with the painfully slow dial-up Internet access that was standard back then. Sure, we couldn’t afford all the latest gadgets right when they came out, but we had access…

The Social Media Experience

I continue to be surprised by things I learn each week about the history of the Internet, social media and digital communications. This week, my gee-whiz moment came when I learned that LinkedIn is one of the oldest social networks. It was founded in 2003 and was the first professional networking site. It’s interesting that…