How Science Fiction Helped Create Social Networks

Through a review of “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media” by P. W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking, you can enjoy a fascinating read about the origins of the social networks we use today. It is a little known fact science fiction lovers created the first social network by asking everyone to send a list […]

Signposts Towards a Human Noosphere

The idea of a human noosphere, or global collective consciousness, comprised much of the idealism of the web in the late 20th century. However, as we worked towards this vision, we discovered that our human natures, both as individuals and as collective organizations, introduced speed bumps along the way. As our world becomes increasingly connected, […]

New Microsoft Study Indicates that Millions of Americans Lack Access to High-Speed Internet, a Figure Significantly Higher than Existing FCC Estimates

The New York Times reports on a new study by Microsoft that found as many as 162.8 million Americans do not use the Internet at high speeds. Predominantly affecting citizens in rural communities, where Internet inaccessibility has severe economic, educational, and health implications, the study highlights the inherent issues in the Federal Communications Commission’s recording […]

The Ethics and Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the Future of Work – A Conversation with PCI Executive Director Dr. David Bray

In this on-camera conversation with Michael Krigsman of CxOTalk, PCI Executive Director Dr. David Bray and Infinitum Humanitarian Systems CEO Eric Rasmussen discuss the ethics of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on the future of work in the private sector and governmental organisations, covering topics from AI’s implementation in business to its role in health […]

Build an Internet for, and from, Us All

The Internet is known to be a democratizing force, yet much of the content published on sites like Wikipedia remains skewed towards the biases of their North American or European editors, who are often in positions of power and privilege. In order to realize the full potential of the Internet and improve representation of marginalized […]

Before the Internet There Was… CB Radio!

Ordinary people can do extraordinary things when given the opportunity. When the right circumstances align, we can all band together to collectively invent something that can improve our world. The story of Citizens Band Radio, an initiative that arose from World War II, which enabled people from all walks of life to communicate freely, shows […]

Grassroots Cooperatives Bring the Internet to Rural America

Call it the spirit of the people or just good ol’ American ingenuity, Grassroots Co-ops are connecting isolated farming communities to the Internet using the same method that brought electricity into rural areas when power companies claimed it wasn’t economical.  Read more here. ________________________ If you liked this article, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more […]

IEEE Global Internet Policy Monitor: 28 November 2018

Valuable coverage of significant current policy activities happening around the world in the sphere of Internet technology is provided courtesy of IEEE. 28 November 2018 summary – IEEE Global Internet Policy Monitor – is available here. Read more summaries here. ________________________ If you liked this article, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

Our People-Centered Digital Future event (live-stream)

On December 10, join Internet and technology pioneers Vint Cerf, Wendy Hall, Tim Berners-Lee, along with key visionaries David Bray, Mei Ling Fung, Marci Harris, and many more positive #ChangeAgents, to reflect on the past three decades and pave the path for the future of the Internet. See the full speaker list and more information […]