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September 6, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
August 21, 2000 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
May 11, 2000 | By Reid Kanaley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
January 15, 1996 | By Jennifer Wing, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
October 31, 1999 | By Heather N. Bandur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Julia Rhodes, WILMINGTON FRIENDS SCHOOL
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.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2004 | By Wendy Tanaka INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 17, 2000 | By Daniel Rubin and Jennifer Weiner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 16, 2011 | By Barbara Ortutay, ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Facebook, it turns out, isn't just a waste of time. People who use it have more close friends, get more social support and report being more politically engaged than those who aren't, according to a new national study on Americans and social networks. The report comes as Facebook, Twitter and even the buttoned-up, career-oriented LinkedIn continue to ingrain themselves in our daily lives and change the way we interact with friends, coworkers and long-lost high school buddies.
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February 26, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Internet is designed to look simple. You watch Netflix , you search Google , you buy on Amazon . You pay Comcast or Verizon to make it run. The complex, typically invisible arrangements that actually connect Websites to users were suddenly exposed over the weekend: Netflix, whose movie downloads account for up to a third of hourly Internet traffic - and which had been complaining that its shows were downloading slower and...
BUSINESS
September 6, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
May 13, 2013 | By Michael Smerconish
  Show us your face. That's my solution to the online issue of incivility to which Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie recently fell victim at Philly.com. Vitriolic postings about his recent marriage illustrate the need for media-sponsored websites to implement the same rules that apply to a speaker sounding off in the town's square: Say what you want, but the public gets to see who you are. John Featherman, a Philly.com columnist, reported that as soon as word of Lurie's nuptials to a woman of Vietnamese heritage was published, a blogosphere barrage began.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Julia Rhodes, WILMINGTON FRIENDS SCHOOL
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.
NEWS
February 3, 2012 | By Naomi Nix, Chicago Tribune
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.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2012 | By Jim Abrams, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Caving to a massive campaign by Internet services and their millions of users, Congress indefinitely postponed legislation Friday to stop online piracy of movies and music that costs U.S. companies billions of dollars a year. Critics said the bills would result in censorship and stifle Internet innovation. The demise, at least for now, of the antipiracy bills was a clear victory for Silicon Valley over Hollywood, which has campaigned for a tougher response to online piracy.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
It's known abroad as "the Great Firewall of China": a website blacklist that limits what Chinese Internet users can see as they surf the Web. Sometimes the reasons are obvious, such as when the firewall blocks websites promoting Tibet separatism or reporting oppression against Falun Gong practitioners. Sometimes they are less so. For much of the day Wednesday, Chinese Internet users were apparently blocked from access to Facebook and Fox News, according to a nonprofit site that monitors Chinese censorship.
NEWS
June 16, 2011 | By Barbara Ortutay, ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW YORK - Facebook, it turns out, isn't just a waste of time. People who use it have more close friends, get more social support and report being more politically engaged than those who aren't, according to a new national study on Americans and social networks. The report comes as Facebook, Twitter and even the buttoned-up, career-oriented LinkedIn continue to ingrain themselves in our daily lives and change the way we interact with friends, coworkers and long-lost high school buddies.
SPORTS
June 6, 2010 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
They may call it fantasy sports, but the money is real enough. And it's getting more real every day. In fact, that's the point: That there is money to be made (and lost) on fantasy sports every day is literally a game-changing development in a hobby that teeters on obsession for many sports fans. For most of the last 15 years as fantasy sports has grown into an $800 million powerhouse (not including entry fees), the emphasis has been on season-long leagues. Often, any prize money up for grabs is distributed after a sports season concludes.
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