Content tagged “Internet”

Harassment a common part of online life, survey says

A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment and 40% have experienced it themselves.
The types of harassment Pew asked about range from name-calling to physical threats, sexual harassment and stalking. Half of those who were harassed said they didn't know the person who had most recently attacked them. Young adults—people 18 to 29—were the most likely age group to see and undergo online harassment. Women ages 18 to 24 were disproportionately the victims of stalking and sexual harassment, according to the survey. And people who have more information available about themselves online, work in the tech industry or promote themselves on the Internet, were also more likely to be harassed.

The name game

Where once .com, .org, .net and .biz prevailed, companies soon will have more than 1,000 generic top-level domains from which to choose to brand themselves online.

Case Study: What can be done to manage online reviews of my company or product?

In a perfect world, customers would base their buying decisions on the actual quality of a business or service instead of on opinions of anonymous Internet users whose remarks may or may not be valid. Word-of-mouth recommendations are still important; but online, comments and posts live in perpetuity and can influence purchasing decisions for weeks, months, even years to come. How your business leverages positive comments while managing negative reviews—and learning from them—is crucial to its success. Digital reviews are becoming increasingly influential, so we asked three business professionals for their thoughts on the best way to manage an online reputation.

Wi-Fi to become available at several downtown green spaces

As part of the Baton Rouge River Center's $1.2 million facility and equipment upgrade and expansion of its wireless Internet network, Wi-Fi will also be installed at various outdoor spots downtown. DDD Assistant Executive Director Gabe Vicknair announced this morning at the DDD meeting that work on the wireless network will begin next week and will include Wi-Fi coverage for Town Square, Repentance Park, Riverfront Plaza and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum Plaza. In addition to making downtown more convenient for visitors, free Wi-Fi will also send users to a landing page that will tell them about downtown restaurants, bars and other small businesses. Vicknair also announced that the Town Square webcams are up and running and accessible from the DDD website at any time. The webcams will enable visitors to watch Live After Five and other Town Square and Galvez Plaza concerts...

A walk in the cloud

Talk of the cloud is all the rage in corporate technology circles, and some business owners may find the buzz a little off-putting, or even intimidating. How many CEOs, after all, can take time to go all nerdy and investigate the ins and outs of cloud computing?

Jindal weighs in on debate over Internet control

Gov. Bobby Jindal has penned a number of guest columns this month for national publications, ranging from a New York Post piece in which he blasts New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over education policy to a National Review Online piece in which he hammered President Obama over the unfolding crisis in Ukraine. Today, Jindal has a guest column on the website of conservative lobbying and advocacy organization Americans for Limited Government in which he takes aim at Obama again. This time Jindal says the Obama administration is "jeopardizing the freedoms of billions of citizens the world over" with its decision,

La. among 10 states eyeing Internet gaming bills, study says

At least 10 U.S. states, including Louisiana, are considering bills to legalize or expand Internet gambling this year, according to a group that tracks gambling-related legislation worldwide. But the Gambling Compliance survey also finds slim chances for a national law to regulate Internet poker, predicting a major effort by online gambling opponents to block it in Congress. So far, three states allow Internet gambling: New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware. In addition to Louisiana, the report says proposals for new or expanded Internet betting could be considered in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. "In 2013, 10 states considered legislation that would legalize online casino-style gambling, which was a historic high," says Chris Krafcik, the group's research director. "This year is shaping up to be at least as busy." The report holds out little hope for a national bill legalizing Internet poker, noting that it is a...

Some La. employers accept 'cyberloafing' as inevitable part of workday

Nationally, businesses and organizations seem worried about employees wasting company time on the Internet, but The News-Star of Monroe says major employers in northeastern Louisiana report an acceptance of cyberloafing. defines “cyberloafing” as "using the Internet where you work, during work hours, for activities which are not work-related." Cyberloafing then is a form of time theft in which employees "steal" time, using minutes purchased by an employer without providing any service for their earnings during those minutes. Theoretically, the minutes add up. A 2012 survey indicated that 64% of participants "said they visit non-work related websites every day during work hours." Thirty-two percent of participants admitted to spending two or more hours on such websites every week. But CenturyLink, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the City of West Monroe all allow employees to browse the Internet as they please. The City of...

Websites work to nix nasty comments

Mix blatant bigotry with poor spelling. Add a dash of ALL CAPS. Top it off with a violent threat. And there you have it: a recipe for the worst of online comments, scourge of the Internet. The Associated Press reports a growing number of websites are reining in the Wild West of online commentary. Companies including Google and the Huffington Post are trying everything from deploying moderators to forcing people to use their real names in order to restore civil discourse. Some sites, such as Popular Science, are banning comments altogether. Locally, The Advocate changed the way it displays readers comments this year to decrease anonymity and identify readers through their Facebook accounts. These and other efforts put sites in a delicate position. User comments add a lively, fresh feel to videos, stories and music. And, of course, the longer visitors stay to read the posts, and the more they come back, the more a site can charge for advertising. What websites don't want is the...

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