Internet 2010 numbers
The website Royal Pingdom has published a whole range of Internet stats for last year.royal.pingdom.com/2011/01/12/internet-2010-in-numbers/
Economists and the Internet
Hal Varian isn't the only economist working for an Internet company - see this story Google, Yahoo, other Silicon Valley tech giants add economists to arsenal
by Mike Swift of mercurynews.com.
The economics of online porn
Gilbert Wondracek and some of his colleagues have written a very interesting paper
on the economics of the online "adult industry". In conducting their research they even set up two of their own adult web sites so that they could gain a deeper understanding of how the industry operates. As they say, it is perhaps surprising that the sector hasn't been analysed much by economists, given that pornographic pages account for more than 12% of the total number of web pages with anuual revenues estimated to be between 1 and 97 billion USD. The paper distinguishes different types of players in the market, ranging from content providers, specialist search engines to redirector services and traffic brokers. It also examines security and cyber-crime issues.
Wondracek has also produced a podcast
on the topic.
John Naughton's Everything you ever need to know about the internet
John Naughton, a professor at the Open University who also writes a regular weekly column for the Observer, has this week produced an extended piece for that newspaper on the development of the Internet. He has put it together under 9 key points.The internet: Everything you need to know
Visualising the Internet
The BBC has a nice set of slides showing how the Internet works under the heading SuperPower: Visualising the internet
Debating the Digital Economy Bill
A musical contribution from Dan Bull may be found on The Spectator web site
The Internet at 40
Today's Guardian newspaper has a special supplement "The Internet Turns 40" (also available online
). Excellent stuff. I just wish that they would make sure that they refer to it as the I
nternet (with a capital I) and not the internet (lower case i). It is not any old internet, it is THE
Internet. But then they call their own newspaper "the guardian". Stupid style guide!