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Castell's Updates

Page history last edited by ted.coopman@... 10 years, 1 month ago

The Castells text is dated by internet standards, but it still remains the best general overview of the internet, it's history, culture, and economic base out there. It is also very readable (if dry at times) for a textbook.


This page updates the outdated statistical information in much of Castells. It was compiled by the Fall 2009 class. The name of the student who updated in below each entry.


If you want to earn some extra credit (10 pts. each), find the information that still needs to be updated (* below) and email the instructor. It must be complete and from a reliable source.


p. 64 How many billions of dollars is traded by U.S. business over the internet?

E-commerce sales grew by 13% in 2008 for a total of $141.3 billion, according to a news report from Forrester Research Inc. However, as a percentage of total US retail sales, e-commerce volume in 2008 was flat compared to 2007 at 5%.

http://www.dmnews.com/e-commerce-is-flat-as-a-percentage-of-total-retail-sales/article/126725/

DMNews Is a reputable, well-known Marketing website and is a reliable source of statistical information.

KellyT

 

P. 65 U.S. based eCommerce representes what % of the total value traded on the internet?

However, as a percentage of total US retail sales, e-commerce volume in 2008 was flat compared to 2007 at 5%.

http://www.dmnews.com/e-commerce-is-flat-as-a-percentage-of-total-retail-sales/article/126725/

DMNews Is a reputable, well-known Marketing website and is a reliable source of statistical information.

KellyT

 

P. 73 What are the current market shares of the top 3 cell phone hand set makers?

Nokia Corp (NOK)  15.70

Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) : 440.9174

LG Electronics (LGLD-GB:London) :  22.05 

For the top-selling cell phone makers in 2009, I used the source http://techcrunchies.com/worldwide-mobile-phone-shipment-in-2009-top-5-ranking-by-handset-manufacturer/  It seemed credible to me because the entire site focuses on internet related statistics.  

For the market shares values, I used http://data.cnbc.com/quotes .  This was credible because I was familiar with CNBC and it provides up-to-the-minute information on stocks.

SherryG

 

p. 78 What is the current value of the NASDAQ index?

Current value :  2132.86

Source:  http://dynamic.nasdaq.com/aspx/majorindices.aspx

This seemed to be a credible source to me because it showed exact information of market activity prior to yesterday’s close.

SherryG

 

p. 90 How many web pages currently exist world-wide?

As of March 2009, the web contains at-least at least 21.13 billion pages

Source: World Wide Web Size. com "Daily estimated size of the world wide web"

http://www.worldwidewebsize.com/

-I believe this source to be reliable, because wikipedia has the same

estimate of pages. Furthermore wikipedia references this website as

their source. If it was not reliable, a user of wikipedia would have edited the information by now.

DanielB

or

1 trillion (as in 1,000,000,000,000) unique URLs on the web at once! July 2008

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/07/we-knew-web-was-big.html

Google is a reliable source because they catalog pages and caches pages constantly.

-KellyT

 

p. 118 Castells states that at the time of publication, email accounts for 85% of internet usage (keep in mind this is not volume of bandwidth – like bit torrent – but what people use the internet for.). What is the #1 use of the internet?

 

ChristineP

According to Direct Magazine

The top ten internet activities are:

Used E-mail 74.2% (+5.2)

Obtained the latest News 46.0% (+9.8)

Paid Bills Online 39.6% (+15.3%)

Made a Purchase for Personal Use 37.2% (+7.8%)

Used Instant Messenger 29.7% (+23.6%

Obtained Financial Information 28.3% (+9.6)

Obtained Sports News/Information 28.1% (+10.6%)

Shared Photos via Web Site 25.4% (N/A)

Looked for Recopies 24.8% (+24.8%)

Played Games Online 24.6% (+8.0%)

 

They are credible because it is a news magazine article that has sited from Mediamark Research & Intelligence (MRI).

http://directmag.com/news/1122_email_remains_top/

 

* And it was written in November 2008 (update this with a credible source and get 10 EC points).

 

These statistics are also confirmed using from another news magazine which also quotes the research from Mediamark Research & Intelligence (MRI).

http://www.btobonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081201/FREE/812019970/1092/rss03&rssfeed=rss03#seenit

 

 

P. 173

(In 2000 it was 73.5%) What percentage of U.S. firms conduct some sort of surveillance of the use of the internet on a daily basis?

 

* p. 188

How much money has Microsoft invested in cable companies globally since 2000?

 

p. 191

"The number of hours of TV watched by those under 18 declined by 20% between 1985 and 2000." Has it declined since then and if so how much?

Please see the Nielsen 2009 Three Screen Report:

http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/nielsen_threescreenreport_q109.pdf
Stats are in minutes of tv watched...users are age 2+.
Key facts show that tv usage is at an all-time high, and that it is still the preferred "screen" of choice, though computer and mobile phone usage is also on the rise.
(Amber)

 

* P. 191

What % of US households have DSL and or cable broadband?

Sherry

63% of US households have a broadband Internet connection (Forrester Research)

 

What is the average speed (upload and download speeds) of US broadband?

I found an article from February 2010, which states that "the average broadband download speed in the U.S. is now 7.12 megabits per second, while the average upload speed is 2.42Mbps." According to the article, broadband speeds rose significantly in 2009.
Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10450784-93.html#ixzz10h3Q9bH7

AmberP

 

* p. 193 figure 7.1

Find a newer version of this figure.

 

* p. 196

"One half of all Americans do not consider downloading free music stealing."

What is the current %?

 

Kelly

20% is the current number because:

Eighty percent of the respondents consider it stealing to download music for free without the copyright holder's permission, and 92 percent say they've never done it, according to the poll conducted for The Associated Press and Rolling Stone magazine.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,183548,00.html

 

Fox News is a leader in TV and online US news reporting. They are a credible source.

 

 

p.198

"1/3 of all Americans read news online at least once a week."

What s the current stat?

Kelly

# 40 Percent of Americans read their news online

# Source: Pew Research Center for People & the Press

# US News  Dec. 2008 http://www.usnews.com/articles/opinion/2008/12/30/online-news-sites-on-the-up-and-up-for-americans.html

US News is a a credible source that covers the entire country.

 

P. 209

Is most internet traffic still routed through the US? How much?

 

Kelly

No, The US doesn't have the largest Internet flow. Internet traffic is increasingly flowing around the United States, which may have intelligence — and conceivably military — consequences.

 

Andrew M. Odlyzko, a professor at the University of Minnesota who tracks the growth of the global Internet, added, “We discovered the Internet, but we couldn’t keep it a secret.” While the United States carried 70 percent of the world’s Internet traffic a decade ago, he estimates that portion has fallen to about 25 percent.

 

Source: New York Times 8/30/2008 http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/30/business/30pipes.html

The New York Times is one if not the most widely distributed newspapers in the US, so it's a credible source.

 

* p. 209

What are the current distribution numbers for internet users by the major regions listed in paragraph 2?

 

ChristineP

Answer:

Please see attached: For numbers and Diagrams(Graphs & Pie Chart)

*Pie chart has the persentage totals that you are asking for.

 

 Name:Internet World Stats

Full URL:

http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm

Rationale of why the source is reliable:

Although this source is a marketing firm, they state on the page I retrieved that their data was collected from US census bureau and a few other organizations  “NOTES: (1) Internet Usage and World Population Statistics are for June 30, 2009. (2) CLICK on each world region name for detailed regional usage information. (3) Demographic (Population) numbers are based on data from the US Census Bureau .(4) Internet usage information comes from data published by Nielsen Online, by the International Telecommunications Union, by GfK, local Regulators and other reliable sources. (5) For definitions, disclaimer, and navigation help, please refer to the Site Surfing Guide. (6) Information in this site may be cited, giving the due credit to www.internetworldstats.com. Copyright © 2001 - 2009, Miniwatts Marketing Group. All rights reserved worldwide”

 

 

USED FOR EDUCATION PURPOSES ONLY

 

 

* p. 214

What is the current distribution of internet domains with the nations/regions listed?

 

* p. 219

"In 2000 the US accounted for 65% of the top 1000 websites and 83% of total page views."

Current number?

Comments (1)

dandanbrown@yahoo.com said

at 11:51 am on Sep 20, 2009

How many web pages currently exist world-wide?

As of March 2009, the web contains at-least at least 21.13 billion pages

Source: World Wide Web Size. com "Daily estimated size of the world wide web"

http://www.worldwidewebsize.com/

-I believe this source to be reliable, because wikipedia has the same estimate of pages. Furthermore wikipedia references this website as their source. If it was not reliable, a user of wikipedia would have edited the information by now.

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