Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are
While the U.S. continues to address the international fallout from the National Security Agency revelations, a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts reveals a different kind of wiretapping: a list of where federal and state judges have authorized law enforcement to listen to phone communications as part of criminal investigations throughout 2013.
Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them
The Pew Research Center recently released a library user quiz sorting Americans into different typologies based on how they use and view libraries. Here are the results.
CDC: Two of every five U.S. households have only wireless phones
Two of every five U.S. households have no landline phones, but the growth rate of cord-cutting slowed last year.
Facebook’s experiment causes a lot of fuss for little result
The controversy over what the Facebook researchers did may be overshadowing other important discussions, specifically conversations about what they really found—not much, actually—and the right and wrong way to think about and report findings based on statistical analyses of Big Data.
7 surprises about libraries in our surveys
As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research.
Can Twitter survive in a Facebook world? The key is being different
In November 2010, 8% of online adults used the platform. As of January 2014, 19% of online adults were using Twitter.
32 years ago, experts foresaw much of today’s digital world
In 1982, researchers studying the impact of nascent electronic-information services predicted much of what has since become commonplace.
Proposed law would clarify who gets access to a deceased person’s digital accounts
The Uniform Law Commission, a body of lawyers who produce uniform legislation for states to adopt, recently drafted the “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (FADA),” which would grant fiduciaries broad authority to access and control digital assets and accounts.
Americans keen on space exploration, less so on paying for it
Americans are consistently more likely to say that the U.S. spends too much on space exploration than too little.
Men more optimistic than women about future technological changes
There are some striking differences between women and men in their hopes and fears about the future.