Internet stories

Kim Dotcom is an attention-grabbing machine. His new ploy is to fund free broadband Internet access for his native New Zealand. He aims to win the money in a suit against the U.S. government for the takedown of his site, Megaupload, and then use it for the common good like a digital-age Robin Hood.
If you do a basic online search for something, chances are that Wikipedia will pop up in your results. Anyone can edit this encyclopedia, so if you're interested in adding information about robots, for example, you can. This free content is published in dozens of different languages and the count of English-language articles alone is over four million.
The Copyright Alert System (CAS) aims to identify pirates, notify their ISPs and then use a six-step process to "educate" users about copyright law and legal alternatives to piracy. That doesn't sound so bad on paper; a closer look reveals an intrusive, if polite, new partner in the relationship between consumer and ISP.
Do you remember what the Internet was like in 2002? Let's looks at some statistics: 10 years ago, 9.1% of the world population used the Internet for an average of 46 minutes each day and there were 3 million websites to browse. Now there are 555 million sites, and a third of the world is browsing them for up to four hours a day.