Christmas in Toronto

I am having a really great time in Toronto, though I miss everyone at home. Merry Christmas!

View from CN Tower
View from CN Tower

More abUUT our trip in a few days…

OxIS – Oxford Internet Surveys

Very interesting in the Christmas Edition of the Oxford Internet Institute Newsletter is the release of new Surveys on their website.

The World Internet Project marks the first time that a worldwide partnership of research institutions has compiled survey data on the behaviour and views of Internet users and non-users. The OII has been the UK partner in the WIP since 2003, with data contributed from our OxIS surveys.

OxIS – Oxford Internet Surveys.

But even more interesting for me, concerning academic backup for the idea behind, is the report of Bernie Hogan:

Report: How Canadians’ Use of the Internet Affects Social Life and Civic Participation

The report finds that Internet users are at least as socially engaged as non-users. They have large networks and frequent interactions with friends and family, although they tend to spend somewhat less in-person time and, of course, more time online. An appreciable number of Internet users are civically and politically engaged, using the Internet to find out about opportunities and make contact with others.

Sounds good to me =)

How much is a seat in the U.S. Senate?

Somehow this is a new low in corruption, altough, I am sure seats were bought earlier, but at least not that obvious:

U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald said today that federal authorities arrested Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich this morning because the governor went on “a political corruption crime spree” that needed to be stopped.

Fitzgerald said secret tape recordings showed Blagojevich was attempting “to sell the U.S. Senate seat” that President-elect Barack Obama recently vacated. Fitzgerald said, “We make no allegations” that Obama was aware of any alleged scheming by Blagojevich.

The governor has the sole power to pick Obama’s replacement under the state constitution.

“The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave,” Fitzgerald said, quoting Blagojevich as saying the Senate seat is “a bleeping valuable thing. You just don’t give it away. … I’ve got this thing and it’s bleeping golden.”

Full article at the Herold Tribune – An ebay auction was also online (for fun of course) but is off already =)

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