I had my fortnightly conversation with Jim Mora on National Radio, this afternoon. See here for the programme and the context
The chat with Jim is available here - just click the wee player, or go for download: Ogg Vorbis MP3
1. NZ World Internet Project 2009
The second full survey was conducted in August - September 2009. It questioned a sample of 1250 New Zealanders about their usage of, and attitudes towards, the Internet. Analysis focused on the social, political and economic impact of the Internet in New Zealand.
see post below for detail. The report is here
2. BBC Survey on the Internet
Is Internet Access a human right Survey commissioned by BBC has 27,000 across 26 countries. says yes
"...Almost four in five people around the world believe that access to the Internet is a fundamental right, a poll for the BBC World Service suggests..."Lovely image map feature on the history of the Internet. Story at the BBC is here . Click the image at the top to go to the interactive.
3. Pacific Fibre
Pacific Fibre is looking to build another fiber optic cable for NZ to the USA This is a fantastic story Currently the NZ backbone up onto the rest of the world consists of the Southern Cross cable, and another link over the Tasman for redundancy. This new cable is needed both for competition and to enhance the broadband speeds currently on offer here in NZ. For example, on a good night at home - central Auckland - I would rarely get above 1M/bps.
In context, the UK is calling for a minimum 2Mbps standard for basic internet use by 2010
4. Wikipedian in Residence British Museum
If you cant beat them - join them British Museum has announced the first in house Wipedian in residence. The first Wikipedian is Liam Wyatt - he is from Sydney - very interesting move by the British Museum .
Goes to the heart of the issue of the credibility of Wikipedia - it's growing authority - and how mainstream organisations like the British Museum are starting to take its presence very seriously - Liam Wyatt blog on why and how is here