It’s that time of the year again . . .

You know, when you start looking back, compiling lists, reading year-in-review type things. It’s also the time of the year where you take stock, experience guilt over unfulfilled resolutions, and vow to do better . . . starting in 31 days. Looking forward, looking back.

I’m always amazed at how different my year turns out compared to my expectations of it in January. In January 2011, I never would have imagined that I have new friends in Morgain, Miles, and Anne. I never would have guessed that I’d have a Twitter account or a solid idea for my dissertation, or that I would have ploughed through Cambodia, or had my Japan-earthquake refugee sister on my floor for a month. Life is interesting like that, eh?

If we’re so lamesauce at figuring out what our own lives are going to be like (okay, maybe you’re better at this than me), how can we figure out the juggernaut we call Internet? Well this neat-o page, “What will the Internet look like in 10 years?” came to me via Ali (thanks, Ali!) and has some really great multimedia on where we’re headed.

Let’s revisit this post in a year’s time to see what’s what.


Net Neutrality heat from the United States

At WACC North America, we’re starting to get excited for our December 6th webinar on Net Neutrality. Stay tuned for more details on that. Here’s something that popped up in the news (thanks, Paul E-S for sending this along) that indicates that this is a topic worthwhile talking about: A Republican attempt to overturn the FCC’s November 20th start date for Net Neutrality rules failed in the Senate this week. Though Obama has promised to veto any legislation that challenges Net Neutrality rules, this does indicate that there is some tension and energy in debate the issues related to net neutrality in the USA.

You mean his name *isn’t* Salman?

While Google + was catching a heap of heat about their real name policy, Facebook seemed to slip under the wire on this one . . . until this gaffe. Facebook changed Salman Rushdie’s personal page to read Ahmed Rushdie (Ahmed being his first given name, Salman his second or middle name). Seriously. Didn’t even ask. Now I’m thinking that Mr. Rushdie wanted to fly under the radar, be a little clandestine, using his “real” name might be the way to do it. Read more about the back and forth and about Twitter’s role in reverting Ahmed to Salman right over here.  But don’t forget to come back and let us know what you think about this small brouhaha.

Quite Possibly My Worst Nightmare

An American judge has ordered a divorcing couple to swap social media passwords so that their respective lawyers could cobble together evidence of cheating, and the like. UGH! Can you imagine? I can’t even begin to think of a universe where I’d share my email or Facebook password with someone I liked, let alone someone I was trying to extract from my life. I’m cringing over here and I’m a chronic deleter with very little to hide.

Are you a nosy? Would you like to know what’s going on in your significant other’s inbox? Or maybe you do already? Or maybe you’re like my grandparents who share an email address. Am I being too uptight here?

Home is Where the Router Is.

Ali just Tweeted about this one 2 minutes ago, seriously. I loved this article from The Guardian because I’m really struggling with boundaries in my own life with technology. It comes up a lot because I’m a cell-phone resister and now have even taken to leaving my laptop at the office, meaning I go home to an unconnected, unwired world (I don’t have TV of any sort either).  This means I can spend my time staring at the ceiling, reading, crafting, doing chores, going to bed early, that sort of thing.

What do you think about the idea that online placeless places can function as home-space for us digital critters?