Four New Reports From Pew
It reports extensively on the views of the experts that cloud functions will be replacing desktop functions, especially as smart phones and other portable devices proliferate. Many think that in the coming decade there will be a hybrid desktop-cloud computing model where some functions remain on desktops and some migrate to the cloud for most users. The report will also cover a range of their concerns about the cloud, including: concerns tied to the availability of broadband spectrum, the ability of diverse systems to work together, security vulnerabilities, privacy sensitivities, and issues of quality of service for all the devices that will connect to the cloud.
Pew also recently issued a small report on how people use the internet to stay in touch with their neighbors on community issues: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Neighbors-Online.aspx
And another modest report on the state of online video: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/State-of-Online-Video.aspx
Finally, at the end of May, Pew put out a large, sweeping report that looked at how people manage their reputations online: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2010/Reputation-Management.aspx
(Beth Yoke, Executive Director - American Library Association/Young Adult Library Services Association)