Two guys in a garage: where will the next disruptive company fom from?

It’s hard to imagine life without Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, but they could fade away just as quickly as they emerged. The Center’s founder explains.

By Jeffrey Cole

The big four — Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google — have changed the world in too many ways to count. They simplified processes that before their existence were more complex and less successful. Today, it’s hard to imagine a world without these four companies.

Considering the massive influence and impact of these four companies, its important to remember they are all products of the 21st century. These companies have risen (and could fall) in the span of approximately 20 years.

If these four companies could emerge in 20 years (eclipsing Kodak, Xerox, Wang, Sun, Gateway and others -– even Microsoft for a while), then how could we possibly believe there will not be another four bigger or more radical companies that emerge over the next 20 years? More to the point, if disruption occurs that quickly, then isn’t it likely one or more of these big four will not make it to the 40-year mark?  (more)

The future ain't what it used to be

U.S. entertainment: where are we and where might we go?  Bruce Ramer, a principal in the law firm of Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown, and member of the Center’s Board of Governors, explores the rapidly-evolving issues that are shaping the world of entertainment.

“Nobody knows anything.” Nowhere is this aphorism more true than in the business for which it was invented, the entertainment business, where innovations in technology continue to create new platforms, with a ripple effect that leads to new forms of content and new consumer preferences and demands.

That process has only accelerated as technology changed from tubes and celluloid to chips and bits, and from movie palaces and boxy TVs to cellphones and the Internet. (more)

Web Insight: how do you access sports content?

Each week, a new Web Insight from the Center examines our research on a specific issue in digital technology and the behavior of users and non-users to help you understand how the world’s use of the internet has evolved.

This week, the Web Insight explores an issue from the Center’s Study of Sports Fan Behavior and Media Use: what means do American use to access sports contents?

View the current Web Insight here.

See all of the Center’s Web Insights here.

At a glance: how do Americans describe their interest in sports?

From the Center’s study of sports fan behavior and media use
Image by Michelle Veriah

Center director Jeffrey Cole discusses media trends

Center director Jeffrey Cole explores transformation of the media for the keynote address at the 2018 annual leadership meeting of the Interactive Advertising  Bureau.

View the video.

Center for the Digital Future releases 15th annual report on the impact of digital technology in the U.S.

The 152-page “Surveying the Digital Future” includes findings on more than 160 issues, among them: the importance of the internet in political campaigns, government regulation and the internet, online buying and effects on retail shopping, personal freedom online, privacy and personal security, and negative attention (bullying and sexual harassment).

More about the report here.

Download the report here.

Eighth edition of World Internet Project Report published

The Center for the Digital Future has released the eighth edition of the World Internet Project International Report, the compilation of findings from the first global partnership of research institutions that surveys the behavior and views of users and non-users of digital technology worldwide.

More about the report here.

Download the report here.

Each annual World Internet Project study, managed by the Center, features findings from a different group of the project’s partner countries.  The current study includes results from 12 countries:  Egypt, Greece,  Lebanon, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

The 106-page report includes 65 subject areas in eight broad categories.

Center report explores the future of transportation

The Center has unveiled a first-of-its-kind study on the future of transportation — a project that explores the spectrum of American behavior and views about their cars, public transit, reasons to give up driving, new competitors in the automobile industry, distracted driving, and the arrival of self-driving cars.

“Most research covers the transportation revolution from an industry perspective, but our new study focuses on the actual behavior and attitudes of the U.S. population,” said Brad Berens, chief strategy officer for the center and project lead for the study.

Download the Future of Transportation Report here.

The 42-page Future of Transportation Study explores more than 100 issues involving behavior and views about cars, their alternatives, and emerging needs for technology,