Fact TankMarch 20, 2014

What happens to the internet after the U.S. hands off ICANN to others?

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a multinational organization that oversees the address book of the internet thanks to a contract issued by the U.S. government. What happens when this contract expires in September 2015?

Fact TankMarch 14, 2014

Chart of the Week: The ever-accelerating rate of technology adoption

The World Wide Web, first conceived of 25 years ago this week, has been adopted by American society in record time.

Fact TankMarch 12, 2014

How U.S. tech-sector jobs have grown, changed in 15 years

How many people work in the U.S. tech sector? A simple question with a complicated answer.

Pew Research CenterMarch 11, 2014

Digital Life in 2025

Experts foresee an ambient information environment where accessing the Internet will be effortless and most people will tap into it so easily it will flow through their lives “like electricity.”

Pew Research CenterFebruary 27, 2014

The Web at 25

The World Wide Web, which turns 25 years old this March, is embedded in the lives of Americans: 87% now use the internet, up from just 14% in 1995. This explosive adoption has changed the way Americans get their news, perform their jobs, engage with their government and communicate with friends and family.

Fact TankDecember 2, 2013

What happens to your digital life after death?

It’s a question not many consider given how embedded the internet is in their lives. The typical web user has 25 online accounts, ranging from email to social media profiles and bank accounts, according to a 2007 study from Microsoft. But families, companies and legislators are just starting to sort out who owns and has access to these accounts after someone has died.

Fact TankAugust 23, 2013

Ways to connect digital devices increase — for those who have more than one

Many companies are competing to provide consumers with ways to stream content among all their digital devices, but there’s still a segment of Americans who own only one device — a cell-phone.

Pew Research CenterJuly 20, 2012

The Future of Big Data

Pew Research CenterJune 29, 2012

The Future of Smart Systems

Technology experts envision a future with “smart” devices that make home systems, appliances and utilities work more efficiently. But many believe we still won’t be living in the “Homes of the Future” by 2020. These developments will take time. The costs and infrastructure changes to make it all work are daunting.

Pew Research CenterMay 18, 2012

The Future of Internet Gamification

Interactive games that reward participants with points, badges and discounts are on the rise. Experts believe they will spread widely to key areas, such as education and health by 2020. Others worry about a darker side.