Analysis: how much privacy should we expect?

Internet users receive a host of free information and access to online services, but reduced privacy is part of the deal.

Every year since 2000, the Digital Future Survey has found that large numbers of Americans worry about violations of their personal privacy online.

In a sense, internet users enter into a social contract whereby they are willing to give up some of their privacy for the free services and information that flow their way online. (more)

Analysis: the fall and rise of the visual Internet

Siri and Alexa reduce how much time we spend looking at things online, but the visual internet will come back with a vengeance and in a new shape.

A new collision is gaining velocity with digital assistants and heads-up display. Both of these new technologies are changing how users interact with information, particularly visual information.

As these technologies give users new ways to behave, those behavior changes will pressurize the business models and financial health of digital media companies, particularly ad-supported companies. More.

Web Insight: Uber and Lyft aren't just urban phenomena

Each week we examine a new key development in digital technology to clarify how the world uses the Web today — and how it will change tomorrow.

Our current topic comes from the Center’s upcoming study on transportation and digital technology: does using get-a-ride services like Uber and Lyft vary in urban, suburban, and rural communities?  

Explore the current Web Insight topic here.

Center to release first study on digital technology and transportation in the United States

This month, the Center for the Digital Future will release its first study that explores how technology is affecting the views and behavior of Americans and their transportation.

Digital technology has produced the most significant transformation in transportation since the release of the Model T.  The Center’s study explores these changes in a national survey that includes more than 100 issues involving personal cars and public transportation, emerging opportunities such as get-a-ride services and occasional-use car programs, and views about self-driving cars.

Sign up to get a free copy of the Future of Transportation report later this month.

Update — Brad Berens, Ph.D., chief strategy officer at the Center and project lead for the Future of Transportation Project, discussed opportunities and challenges for the transportation industry with Peter Kosak, executive director of General Motors’ Urban Mobility Program, in an interview published in the Oracle Data Cloud Blog.  Read the interview here.

Center director Jeff Cole explores "cutting the cord"

Center director Jeffrey Cole highlights the unbundling of content from cable providers, pricing models, and new consumer behavior at 2015 annual leadership meeting of the Interactive Advertising Bureau.

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