What is politics? by Professor Christina Boswell FBA

“Political contestation is as much about cultural identity and recognition, as it is about allocating material resources.”Professor Christina Boswell FBA discusses how we can begin to define politics in one of our top 10 blogs:

We often refer to something as being ‘political’, or ‘all about politics’, to mean it boils down to a power struggle between people or groups. The idea is that politics is a process of maneuvering to assert rival interests.[…]

Books Do Furnish a Civilization: Libraries and their glories

The True University of these days is a collection of books.

—Thomas Carlyle

Digital Nation Australia 2021

Good Things Foundation Australia’s Digital Nation Australia 2021 report brings together the latest research and insights from government, community, and academia to help build an understanding of the digital inclusion landscape in Australia and inform initiatives that could close the digital divide for all.

The digital divide is a significant issue in modern Australia, particularly with the rapid pace of digitization brought forward by the COVID-19 pandemic. Digital technology has become an essential requirement for work, study, accessing essential services, and connecting with family and friends.

The positive news is that the digital divide is slowly improving in Australia and that initial research points to more people being active online than they were before the COVID-19 pandemic.[…]

Smartphones are making us stupid – and maybe a ‘gateway drug’

Family matters: Adults as much as children can fall victim to smartphones and their negative effects, including poor social interaction.

Neuroscience research shows that smartphones are making us stupider, less social, more forgetful, more prone to addiction, sleepless and depressed, and poor at navigation – so why are we giving them to kids?

Recent mobile phone bans in Victorian state schools have had some parents and kids up in arms, despite a study showing that 80 percent of Australians support the ban. Many private schools are now implementing phone and device bans in schools – but they too face fierce opposition. […]

How to Tell if Your Child is Using Drugs?

Learn the Signs of Drug Use in Teens

Is it Getting Better?

The good news is that according to the 2018 Monitoring the Future Survey, teenage drug abuse, aside from marijuana use, is at its lowest level in over two decades.2 Among 12th graders, past-year use of illicit drugs other than marijuana has declined by 30 percent since 2013. According to the survey, substances at historically low levels of use among teenagers include cigarettes, alcohol, heroin, prescription opioids, meth, sedatives, and ketamine. […]

The Fastest (and Slowest) Internet Speeds in the World

How quickly did this page load for you?

The answer depends on the device you’re using, and where in the world you’re located. Average internet speeds vary wildly from country to country.

Which countries have the fastest internet connection? Using data from the Cable.co.uk, this map ranks the fastest (and slowest) internet speeds worldwide by comparing the fixed broadband speeds of over 200 countries.[…]

A Map of the Online World in Incredible Detail

The internet is intangible, and because you can’t see it, it can be hard to comprehend its sheer vastness. As well, it’s difficult to gauge the relative size of different web properties. However, this map of the internet by Halcyon Maps offers a unique solution to these problems.

Inspired by the look and design of historical maps, this graphic provides a snapshot of the current state of the World Wide Web, as of April 2021. Let’s take a closer look![…]

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