Archives 07/2016

Internet Freedom

Why we Must Speak Out on Internet Freedoms In the last three months, I have attended two major events and participated in discussions on free speech on the internet. On July 10, I participated in the Uganda social media conference in Kampala. Earlier in May, I was in Berlin for the 10th edition of re:publica. Discussions at the two events reveal one thing: we are no longer capable of building the net we want. When the world wide web was created in the early 1990s, enhancing the potential of the internet, the promise was that it would allow us to democratize free speech in unprecedented ways. This hope depended on the promise of existence of...

Secondary Screening

Second-screening has long been a mainstream activity – with just 1 in 5 internet users saying they haven’t recently used an additional device while watching TV. But as this week’s first Chart of the Day illustrates, the devices that people use to second-screen continue to shift. It’s mobiles which are the clear favorite here, having overtaken once-dominant laptops back in 2013. Some 57% of online adults are now using them, a figure that has jumped 10 percentage-points in recent years and which reflects the increasingly crucial role these devices have to play in daily online behaviors. The continual migration of networking and online activities to mobile has had an adverse effect on the other devices...