August 26, 2011 |
CHICAGO - Wrestling with the challenges of documents in the digital age, U.S. officials are destroying millions of paper federal court records to save storage costs. But the effort is raising the ire of some historians, private detectives, and others who rely heavily on the files. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration says at least 10 million bankruptcy case files and several million District Court files from between 1970 and 1995 will be shredded, pounded to pulp, and recycled.
September 26, 2012
By Frank Cerabino Dear Apple: Congratulations on the introduction of the iPhone 5. I continue to be impressed with your company's ability to keep finding new devices for consumers to buy. Which brings me to the purpose of this note. Here's a story you might find interesting: In South Florida recently, a man walked into a Wells Fargo bank and handed the teller his smartphone. Rather than writing a note on paper to announce his bank robbery, the man tried making a digital presentation of his stickup demands.
November 11, 2000
What are the values [for the Digital Age]? For me, they are best expressed in a modern idea of community. At the heart of it is the belief in equal worth, which is the central belief that drives my politics - and in our mutual responsibility in creating a society that advances such equal worth. Note: it is equal worth, not equality of income or outcome; or simply equality of opportunity. It affirms our equal right to dignity, liberty and economic opportunity, as well as freedom from discrimination.
April 19, 1998 |
In 1985, when the last major revision of the Encyclopaedia Britannica was published, it distilled the world into 32 hefty volumes containing 44 million words. But two words were absent from the venerable encyclopedia, words that would soon threaten its existence: CD-ROM and Internet. That same year, the first encyclopedia published on CD-ROM was issued, using text only. Within a few years, the contents of huge encyclopedias of thousands of pages would be contained on small, silvery disks that would come to life with movies and animations and sound.
June 29, 2007 |
Oh no, not another cyber-thriller: the urgent clickety-clack of computer keyboards, frantic geeks thumbing their PDAs, evil Web wizards deploying viral downloads, server farms put out of service by a dastardly ring of digital terrorists. And who's going to save the day? John McClane, that two-fisted, old-school New York City cop from a trio of vintage Die Hards , that's who. The guy probably doesn't even own a PC. In Live Free or Die Hard , the fourth installment in Bruce Willis' blow-'em-up blockbuster franchise - and the first in 12 long years - gigabytes and fisticuffs collide.
May 16, 2012 |
How many lawyers does it take to tell a professor when he can make copies from a digital book? Lots, so far. Digital distribution ought to make scholarship easy to spread, and cheap. Especially at a time when college expenses — most of which don't go for instructors or texts, but for buildings, administration, marketing, and other nonacademic needs — are driving young Americans deep into debt. But textbook publishers are as reluctant as music publishers to give their product away for free, digital or not. So, in the absence of new law from Congress or Supreme Court rulings, university counselors have been urging professors to pay extra licensing fees for anything they copy — boosting the cost and time spent assembling coursework.
January 22, 2013 |
The last time a student at Archbishop Wood High School borrowed Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was 1997. Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island has fared even worse: No student has checked out the adventure novel since 1991. It could be they are simply dated and unappealing to today's high school students, or it could be because they are, well, books in an age of proliferating digital information. Either way, these titles may not be on Archbishop Wood's shelves much longer: By the end of the school year, the number of volumes in the school's library will be whittled from 47,000 to about 1,000 to make room for a new bank of computers, projection equipment, and collaborative space.
October 8, 2012
Eric Newton is senior adviser to the president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami. The digital age is changing almost everything about journalism - who a journalist is, what a story is, which media should provide news when and where people want it, and how we engage with communities. The only thing that isn't changing is the why of journalism. We still need good, honest, independent reporting - the fair, accurate, contextual search for truth - to run our communities and our lives.
September 20, 2003 |
It sounds like a perfect business world for a store owner. "From my 15 major competitors in town, there is hardly anybody left," Steve Serota said. That would normally make him a happy businessman, except that he had to close Camera Care, his Center City store, last month. After spending almost half his life selling cameras in his Arch Street shop, the 52-year-old merchant was instead stuffing lens filters and other unsold inventory into huge black garbage bags. "It's a tragedy," he said.
October 21, 2015 |
Philadelphia Media Network was chosen Monday as one of three news organizations that will partner with Temple University to help accelerate their digital transformation, using a $1.3 million grant from the Knight Foundation. The Knight-Temple Table Stakes project seeks to test new mobile and digital practices through changes in technology, work flow, and job roles. Philadelphia Media Network - parent company of The Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com - was selected for the project along with the Dallas Morning News and the Miami Herald.