September 6, 2013 |
Sometimes, it hits you after you've openly posted comments about a product or a politician. Other times, it strikes you after an online transaction, such as buying an airline or concert ticket, or a Web search about a disease or a dance step. Twerking fans, you know who you are. Every day, those of us who live increasingly online are adding to a digital footprint others can access. And a study due out Thursday from the Pew Research Center suggests that many of us are increasingly wary of that prospect and are trying to regain a measure of control.
August 21, 2000 |
In the virtual online world, even a "cookie" has the power to invade your privacy. And the majority of Internet users don't even know it is happening to them, according to a survey released yesterday. The report found that 56 percent of Internet users have no idea that their queries on the World Wide Web are being tracked - or what to do to protect themselves. "Americans want the golden rule of the Internet to be, 'Don't do anything unto me, unless I know about it,' " said Lee Rainie, project director of the new survey about online trust and privacy commissioned by the Pew Internet and American Life Project in Washington, D.C. "When we did this study, a bunch of people went to their computers and were stunned when they learned how they could be tracked online," he said.
May 11, 2000 |
Nine million adult women went online for the first time in the last six months in the United States, bringing "gender parity" to the once male-dominated Internet, according to a wide-ranging study released yesterday. The study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project also found that the Internet is enhancing social interactions, contrary to results of a February study by Stanford University, which said too much Internet use turned some individuals into recluses. "E-mail use has improved communication," Lee Rainie, the new study's director, said.
January 15, 1996 |
West Chester soon will be a mere keystroke away. Like some other municipalities in the area and throughout the country, the borough is making its way onto the Internet, where anyone with a modem and keyboard will be able to take a peek at what West Chester and its businesses are all about. "This is something that really is the future," said Peggy Dawson Schmidt, the borough's commerce director. Dawson Schmidt is leading the borough's journey into cyberspace, with Frank Randazzo, president of the West Chester-based Complete Internet Solutions, handling most of the production and maintenance.
October 31, 1999 |
Residents can now head to www.glassboroonline.com to check out what's going on around town today and every day. Created by Rita Towner, a Glassboro resident and president of a local computer and Internet consulting firm, Glassboro Online lists a host of information including a calendar of events and classified advertisements, as well as online links to local hospitals, schools, government offices and businesses. "Glassboro Online is a way for the community to see itself as a whole," Towner, 37, said from her home, where she has run Cyber Office Solutions since 1991.
April 6, 2013 |
Most people use social media to connect with friends, share cat pictures, or perhaps play Farmville. But the young protesters who took to Tahrir Square on Jan. 25, 2011, found an essential use for these sites: Egyptians used Twitter and Facebook to orchestrate demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak's autocracy. Dissidents used the Facebook page "We Are All Khaled Said" as a pivotal tool in the downfall of Mubarak. Protesters shared the plight of Khaled Said, a young activist who was arbitrarily arrested and killed by police.
August 12, 2004 |
History teacher Matt Baird uses the Internet regularly - but when searching for certain books, he prefers flipping through card catalogs at the library. College student Shakira Williams is online about an hour a day - but she shops for clothes in stores. The Pew Internet & American Life Project released results of a survey yesterday suggesting that Baird and Williams are typical Internet users. Though millions of people go online for a host of everyday activities - shopping, correspondence and banking, to name just a few - they still prefer doing most of those things offline and in person.
February 3, 2012 |
CHICAGO - In her sophomore year at Lake Forest College, Sam Sekulich had reached a breaking point. On top of the pressure she felt from classes and student clubs, she was fighting with her parents and not consistently taking medication for her bipolar disorder. Feeling anxious and overwhelmed, she went to the one place where someone is always listening: Facebook. She posted that she hated life and wished maybe she could just "give up on it. " The help poured in. Friends commented on her post, asking if she was OK. A faculty member at her college checked on her through e-mail.
February 17, 2000 |
Meet the sedentary, solitary and overworked denizens of the Internet. Jill Maglione, 21, a University of Pennsylvania senior, uses the Net to order kitty litter. Dan Orr, 24, a communications graduate student at Penn, stays in touch with friends from North Carolina to London. And sophomore Meredith Lopez goes online to "e-mail my dad for money, e-mail my mom to see how she is doing, e-mail or instant-message my friends from home to tell them how crazy the parties were last weekend.
January 19, 2012
After the Wikipedia-driven Internet blackout Wednesday, it's a safe bet that every high school student with an overdue homework assignment is well clued in to the debate over regulating online piracy. The 24-hour shutdown of the English-language version of the do-it-yourself encyclopedia was launched as a protest against pending federal legislation being pushed by Hollywood studios, music labels, cable firms, and traditional media companies. To say the protest went viral would be like characterizing the bubonic plague as a common cold.