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Pew Research Center — Internet & American Life Project

research on how the Internet affects the life we live

 

The Pew Research Center and the Pew Charitable Trusts have long been known for supporting research that explores American culture. Continuing this tradition, one important and on-going project deals with the Internet and its impact on American life.

The mission of the Pew/Internet project is to produce "reports that explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life." Pew staff collect and analyze data of "real-world developments as they affect the virtual world."

User information is collected through telephone and online surveys. Results are distributed in 15 to 20 reports each year that vary in size, scope, and depth. Any of them could provide relevant information for business strategy planning, market development speculation, staffing needs and ideas, or infrastructure investments.

Reports available at the Pew/Internet website include topics such as:

If you want to be among the first to receive new reports that vary in subject each year, sign up for e-mail notification.

For the futurists and historians in the audience, Pew/Internet teamed with Elon University to create a "database of predictions about networked communications." Initial comments were made between 1990 and 1995, which provides an interesting look both forward and back regarding the ways emerging technologies affect our society. Check them out and explore the accuracy of the forecasts for yourself.

 

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