“Once carriers start differentiating between data on the network, fair competition will fall by the wayside.”

Sponsored Data: AT&T will now let companies buy out your data charges for specific videos and apps

Truly scared about the future of the Internet. The anti-net neutrality winds have been swirling and it’s not looking good.

(via bryan)

“In the US for example, the best deal for a 150Mbps home broadband connection from cable and phone companies is $130/month, offered by Verizon FiOS in limited parts of New York City. By contrast, the international cities we surveyed offer comparable speeds for $77 or less per month, with most coming in at about $50/month. When it comes to mobile broadband, the cheapest price for around 2GB of data in the US ($30/month from T-Mobile) is twice as much as what users in London pay ($15/month from T-Mobile). It costs more to purchase 2GB of data in a US city than it does in any of the cities surveyed in Europe.”
infoneer-pulse:

Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum Internet For Over Two Years
From Technology Review:

A quantum internet capable of sending perfectly secure messages has been running at Los Alamos National Labs for the last two and a half years, say researchers. […] Today, Richard Hughes and pals at Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico reveal an alternative quantum internet, which they say they’ve been running for two and half years. Their approach is to create a quantum network based around a hub and spoke-type network. All messages get routed from any point in the network to another via this central hub.

[read more @techreview] [via @nraford] [paper] [picture by Hughes et al.] 

» via futurescope

Well, this is something. I think I read about a model like this in scifi a long while ago, but here we are anyway.

infoneer-pulse:

Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum Internet For Over Two Years

From Technology Review:

A quantum internet capable of sending perfectly secure messages has been running at Los Alamos National Labs for the last two and a half years, say researchers. […] Today, Richard Hughes and pals at Los Alamos National Labs in New Mexico reveal an alternative quantum internet, which they say they’ve been running for two and half years. Their approach is to create a quantum network based around a hub and spoke-type network. All messages get routed from any point in the network to another via this central hub.

[read more @techreview] [via @nraford] [paper] [picture by Hughes et al.] 

» via futurescope

Well, this is something. I think I read about a model like this in scifi a long while ago, but here we are anyway.

(Source: futurescope)

“It’s an arms race in achievement — and the cost isn’t just a financial one. Studies have documented how it used to be the struggling student who was more likely to cheat, but today college bound students are just as likely to do so when it comes to high-stakes tests and exams. Other research shows that wealthy teens suffer higher rates of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse then teens in other socioeconomic groups. The pressure to succeed along narrow paths is exacting a staggering cost on the values and well being of our children.”

There’s a lot in here about self-directed discovery and learning. I know I could be using the internet a lot more than I am now, but I’m at least aware of it.

The college pressure is insane these days though.

Also, if this is what youth are doing online, what are youth librarians doing to support this outreach?

What Teens Get About the Internet That Parents Don’t - Mimi Ito - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)