Thursday, January 13, 2011

Internet 2010 numbers

The website Royal Pingdom has published a whole range of Internet stats for last year.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

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

Thursday, August 05, 2010

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.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Visualising the Internet

The BBC has a nice set of slides showing how the Internet works under the heading SuperPower: Visualising the internet.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Debating the Digital Economy Bill

A musical contribution from Dan Bull may be found on
The Spectator web site

Friday, October 23, 2009

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 Internet (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!