Most Americans shrug off NSA snooping

Updated: A narrow majority of Americans surveyed are okay with the government gathering data (or metadata) on our online activities, according to new Pew Research.

Good big data, bad big data

Big data, properly applied, can help save energy, cure diseases, better predict trends. But there’s also worry that abuse of big data will benefit big government and corporations to the detriment of citizens, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.

If you have news, it will be aggregated and/or curated

One thing that becomes clear from the latest Pew report on the state of media is just how big a role aggregators — both human and machine-powered — are playing in news consumption. That is both a danger and an opportunity for mainstream media players.

Newspapers: It’s not a revenue problem, it’s a culture problem

According to a Pew Research Center report that looked at 38 newspapers, both large and small, some are seeing massive declines in digital revenue while others are seeing dramatic increases. One of the main reasons for this discrepancy, the report suggested, are cultural differences within newspapers.

Is Social Networking Making Your Life Better?

Is the Internet a positive force in your life or a negative one? Most of the technology experts and commentators surveyed by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project said it was positive, and that they believe it will continue to be so.