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This Falsely Transparent World

This Falsely Transparent World

It was one of those nights you couldn’t miss – and not only because of the lavish drink supply. While future.talk2012 – an Austria Telekom-backed event aimed at highlighting the Internet’s increasing presence in everyday life – may at times have felt more like a CEO meet and greet than a serious discussion, with quite […]

Donauinsel goes WiFi

Donauinsel goes WiFi

As of mid-September, visitors to the Donauinsel have access to free wireless Internet at selected hotspots between the underground lines U1 and U6. The construction work began in August, and it is part of enhanced services at Vienna’s largest recreational area. City authorities have also opened a new service centre, called Insel-Info, located about 350 […]

Paywall pioneer Piano Media expands to Poland

Paywall pioneer Piano Media expands to Poland

Slovakian company Piano Media announced the expansion of its media paywall model to Poland, according to an 18 July press release on its website. Subscribers pay a flat monthly fee of 19.90 Polish złoty (roughly €4.90) for unlimited access to premium content from seven media outlets, including 27 regional and national newspapers, 14 magazines, and […]

Vienna’s Russians: Remote and Resigned

Online social networks are today’s stage for political discourse. This became relevant for Russia when suspicions of fraud by the ruling party in parliamentary elections last December brought some 50,000 protesters to the streets, organised over the internet. Since then, there has been a string of demonstrations in urban centres, not seen in Russia since […]

Big Money Merges with Big Brother

All over the world, Internet users entertain romantic delusions about cyberspace. To most of us Web surfers, the Internet provides a false sense of complete freedom, power, and anonymity. Every once in a while, of course, unsolicited messages and ads that happen to be mysteriously related to our most intimate habits intrude. They remind us […]

Digital Music ‘Done Right’

While we all love mix-tapes and can remember creating our own by stringing together songs, most of us haven’t made or listened to a mix-tape in quite a while. Once we started buying single tracks online and loading our mp3 players with music, those well thought-out compilations we used to make for friends seem to […]

The Internet Killed The Video Store

Not long ago an American friend of mine teased me in a slightly patronising sort of way when he discovered that I went to a video/DVD shop to rent a movie, which entailed my having to rush back the very next day, or else pay 2 days rental (which, of course, being a thrifty soul, […]

Learning by Wiki

The explosive growth and wide acceptance of the open-source encyclopedia Wikipedia have highlighted the enormous possibilities for the “wiki” interactive technology, and sent many educators and university administrators to work exploring the viability of countless applications. Already in active use in business and the professions for documentation in rapidly changing fields, wikis are also finding […]

Mining the Blogs

“Here’s a papercraft kit to build a full-scale AK47 assault rifle replica. It’s 30$. (Thanks Ben).” Next to the message, there’s a picture of the assault rifle readily assembled. Elsewhere we learn that peyote dealers in the border region between Mexico and the US suffer from supply shortages due to wide spread “root plowing.” Native […]

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