World Wide Web and internet services are getting increased concentration from some of the major organizations and institutions.
University of Southampton in the UK and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Germany have joined hands to launch SoFWIRed, Southampton Fraunhofer Web Science, Internet Research & Development that is a collaborative project in Web and Internet science to shape the future World Wide Web and related technologies.
Researchers in this project will work on “comprehensive, interoperable platform for data and knowledge driven processing of open data and will investigate aspects of Collective Intelligence” through crowd sourcing, social collaboration and dynamic web objects and internet services. One of the objectives of this project is to develop a “Web Observatory” to work on the evolution of Web and society over time.
Southampton is popular for making low-loss optical fibers for internet and Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest application oriented research organization.
“The World Wide Web has had profound effects on society with each emerging wave creating both new challenges and new opportunities available to wider sectors of the population than ever before,” Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Southampton, said in a statement.
On the other hand, Google is working on to give internet services that is actually the project of installing high-speed fiber to speed up the internet by about 100 times. Google started installing the service in the two-state metropolis of Kansas City last Tuesday.
“This is not a beta program or an experiment. Efficiency is a huge focus for us as we build out Kansas City. And efficiency can cut costs,” Jenna Wandres, a spokeswoman for Google Fiber said.
In planning, Google asked the interested residents in neighborhoods to pay $10 to preregister for the service. Google’s gigabit internet service is priced at $70 per month and if the user wants to install TV along with the internet service, it will be $120 per month. Users who will subscribe for TV service will get two-terabyte storage box for recorded shows and a Nexus 7 Android tablet to use as a remote control.