Latest Center for the Digital Future Stories

2011-06-04 07:55:00

According to a new survey, 48 percent of Internet users ages 16 and older are worried about companies checking their actions on the Internet. "Many of us are worried that the Big Brother in our lives is actually Big Business," Jeffrey I. Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, said in a statement referring to the figure that just 38 percent of Internet users are worried about the government watching them online."Internet...

2010-12-17 12:45:00

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you think similarities in the Internet and television are growing, parents may be inclined to agree with you. Parents are rapidly coming to view TV and the Web in similar ways, applying supervisory approaches to both mediums, according to a new survey by the Center for the Digital Future, at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. In a worrisome trend, the Center also reports...

2010-07-26 08:53:00

LOS ANGELES. July 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Millions of Americans use Twitter - just don't ask any of them to pay for it. The annual study of the impact of the Internet on Americans by the Center for the Digital Future found that 49 percent of Internet users said they have used free micro-blogs such as Twitter. But when asked if they would be willing to pay for Twitter, zero percent said yes. "Such an extreme finding that produced a zero response underscores the difficulty of getting...

2010-07-08 06:10:00

Although the number of Americans using mobile devices to access the Web is on the rise, the US is still far behind other Internet-connected countries, including South Korea, Japan and parts of Europe. "We are a third-world country where mobile is concerned. The rest of the world is using mobile phones underground, to pay for a parking space blocks away, to buy a Coke from a vending machine," Jeffrey Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California...

2010-02-26 11:25:00

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Internet may seem like a pervasive presence in much of the world, yet in many countries -- including some developed ones -- going online is a far from universal experience, according to findings by the World Internet Project (WIP). In the current project conducted by the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, only half of the 10 reporting countries found that more than a majority...

2009-04-28 05:00:00

Center director Jeffrey Cole: "greatest opportunities in their existence" await newspapers that can move decisively online LOS ANGELES, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- In a year when the woes of newspapers -- layoffs, consolidations, and outright closings -- are more extensive than in any period in memory, strong evidence of the changing nature of media use in America may be found in a single statistic: Internet users report a large increase in time reading online newspapers, according to the...

2008-06-19 12:00:28

WASHINGTON, June 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans 50+ are increasingly becoming immersed in the Internet and in many ways can be compared to users who are decades younger, according to findings from the Center for the Digital Future released today in conjunction with AARP. The study takes a look at online behaviors of those age 50+ compared to the under 50 demographic. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070209/NYF043LOGO ) "The perception is that Americans over 50 only...

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