‘Digital inclusion’ starts with user needs
An information-based society can’t be inclusive or democratic if a large portion of the population remains offline. In the UK, for example, research in 2012 found that 18 percent of citizens surveyed never or rarely use the internet. The UK Digital Skills Alliance was launched to promote online skills... Read more
How is a social business a better business?
We’ve all heard the stats about the explosion of social media users. One-billion-plus on Facebook. One hundred seventy-five million Tweets a day. An expected 5 billion professional searches on LinkedIn in 2012. But that’s all mostly for Justin Bieber fans, politics junkies, people who like to exchange snark or... Read more
Mechanical switches powered by light could slash the cost of internet transmissions by making download speeds faster than ever. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have successfully developed a device with a high-speed, microscale mechanical switch of light. “This device is similar to electromechanical relays but operates completely with... Read more

To BYOD or Not to BYOD?

Policy September 28, 2012

Could you imagine running your business today without internet access or mobile phones? For most mid-market companies, it’s unthinkable. How else could you reach tech support while you’re on the road? How else could a valued customer get in touch for a last-minute change in an order after you’ve... Read more
Imagine being able to surf the web on the glass top of your coffee table. Or being able to view a map of an unfamiliar neighborhood right on the windshield of your car. Those and many other innovative technologies could soon become possible, thanks to advances in transparent electronics... Read more
Cloud computing can improve efficiency by tapping the power of multiple “virtual machines.” But what if one of those machines encounters a problem that then cascades through the entire system? Researchers at North Carolina State University believe they have an answer: software that can identify and respond to potential... Read more
Suffering from online information overload? Blog-reading computers could one day help you sort out just the information you’re most interested in. A system called BlogSum, developed by researchers at Concordia University, has successfully analyzed and made sense of large volumes of informally written online content like you find in... Read more
The choices consumers make today are increasingly likely to include a green alternative, such as more energy-efficient computing and information technology. These so-called environmentally conscious options are becoming more accepted as people understand that they bring positive consequences for the environment while at the same time also delivering real... Read more
The world’s next-generation workforce — students in university today — have strong opinions about the future of business, sustainability and real-time access to a wealth of information. But many don’t believe the education they’ve received has fully prepared them to deal with the challenges related to those issues. Students... Read more
Information technology has not only given us an unprecedented ability to identify complex problems like climate change before the worst effects are felt, but promises a way forward for a more sustainable future, former US Vice President Al Gore said at a business and technology conference today. Gore, who... Read more