Ten academic articles on Internet Trends

Having googled the web for future trends in the Internet & Telecommunication domain, I found many reports with trend analysis and predictions, but most of them specific to business and consumer markets. Here are ten academic articles which I feel reflect what I think should be up and coming with regards to the Internet. The first few are related the blogosphere, a few on eGovernment, one on information warfare and a piece which I like to think of as “Tivo-ing your life”. Sorry, some of these articles require journal subscription. This list is of course not exhaustive, and you’re more than welcomed to add to the list with your finds…

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“Ten Years, Ten Trends”
Center for the Digital Future Identifies the 10 Major Trends Emerging in the Internet’s First Decade of Public Use. The report highlights the major findings in year four of the Digital Future Project’s study of the impact of the Internet on Americans.

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Why we blog
Bonnie A. Nardi, Diane J. Schiano, Michelle Gumbrecht, Luke Swartz
December 2004, Communications of the ACM,  Volume 47 Issue 12
Abstract: Bloggers are driven to document their lives, provide commentary and opinions, express deeply felt emotions, articulate ideas through writing, and form and maintain community forums.

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Semantic blogging and decentralized knowledge management
Steve Cayzer
Volume 47 ,  Issue 12  (December 2004)
Abstract: Tapping into the structured metadata in snippets of information gives communities of interest effective access to their collective knowledge.

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Democracy and filtering
Cass R. Sunstein
Volume 47 ,  Issue 12  (December 2004) table of contents
Abstract: The Web gives us the ability to filter out unwanted noise and to create our own personal echo chambers—but democracy itself means each of us should be exposed to new topics and contrary opinions.

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Political Blogs – Craze or Convention?
Ross Ferguson and Milica Howell
July 2004
Abstract: Political Blogs – Craze or Convention? examines whether blogging can offer an alternative to traditional channels of political communication in the UK . The research study focuses on eight political blogs as representative examples of how individuals and organisations are harnessing blogging as a tool to promote political engagement. The research monitored activity on these blogs and, in addition, a blogging “jury” of members of the public with little or no experience of blogging scrutinised the blogs to assess their relevance as channels of political thought and debate.

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Information Warfare
Yael Shahar, 26 Feb 1997
Computer Warfare?  Terrorists take control of the New York Stock Exchange?  Terrorism over the Internet?  Computer viruses in the arsenal of Hizballah? 
Sound implausible? Maybe. But such possibilities are currently being discussed by strategic analysts under the catch-all title, “Information Warfare.” To date the defense establishment has yet to agree on the exact definition of the term “information warfare.” But on one thing everyone agrees, in the digital age, information, and its dissemination, has achieved the status of a vital strategic asset. 
-Infowar – Potential Weapons
-Trends – Information warfare & Glass Houses
-Infowar as the Perfect Terrorist Weapon
-Psychological Warfare
-New Weapons for Terrorism 
-What Can be Done About it?
-Summary

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Governance and the Internet
Richard Rose, Oxford Internet Institute (2004)
Abstract: This article is reproduced with the permission of the World Bank, from Chapter 8 (“Governance and the Internet”) in (2004) Global Change and East Asian Policy Initiatives, edited by Shahid Yusuf, M. Anjum Altaf, and Kaoru Nabeshima, published by the World Bank Group. OII appreciates the World Bank’s cooperation in allowing us to release this report.

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The State of VoIP
Andy Oram, 22 Oct 2004
Abstract: Fresh back from the Fall 2004 Conference and Expo of the Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition, Andy Oram reports on the state of VoIP: what are its implications, where is it headed, and a detailed look at the many regulations that may help shape its future.

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The Year in Technology
Cynthia L. Webb
washingtonpost.com Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 22, 2004

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Demonstrations: Augmenting and sharing memory with eyeBlog
Connor Dickie, Roel Vertegaal, David Fono, Changuk Sohn, Daniel Chen, Daniel Cheng, Jeffrey S Shell, Omar Aoudeh
October 2004
Proceedings of the the 1st ACM workshop on Continuous archival and retrieval of personal experiences
Abstract: eyeBlog is an automatic personal video recording and publishing system. It consists of ECSGlasses [1], which are a pair of glasses augmented with a wireless eye contact and glyph sensing camera, and a web application that visualizes the video from the ECSGlasses camera as chronologically delineated blog entries. The blog format allows for easy annotation, grading, cataloging and searching of video segments by the wearer or anyone else with internet access. eyeBlog reduces the editing effort…

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