Arco de las Puntas, Isla El Hierro, Canary Islands.

Outernet

One of the most audacious New Media projects I’ve been involved with as a viability consultant is Outernet, my friend Syed Karim‘s project to bring free Internet access to more than four billion people. He plans to do this by piggybacking a fleet of mini-satellites onto commercial satellite launches. These mini-satellites, known as cubesats (each a 10 cm cube weighing no more than 1.33 kg), will provide Internet access (albeit mainly text access) to the majority of the world’s people, who don’t live in regions where Internet access is affordable or even receivable, which is a surprisingly large portion of […]

CNN, Losing on the Air, Winning Online.

The New York Observer compares online usage data about the U.S. news networks’ websites and notes that CNN, though losing television audience to FoxNews, is trouncing FoxNews online. That’s particularly important, according to CNN.com senior vice president and general manager David Payne: “The data is pretty clear. The broadcast-news ratings chart just drops and drops and drops. For cable, it’s probably less dramatic, but it’s still true. There’s just no doubt in my mind that online usage is going to dominate in the future. Whether that’s 20 years from now or five years from now, I don’t know. But it’s […]