Wednesday, November 23, 2011

World Internet Usage Facts

The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries a vast range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents of the World Wide Web (WWW) and the infrastructure to support email.

    Over the years, usage of the internet both on personal computers, Ipad, Iphones, Android, etc has evolved. This has accelerated new forms of interactions through instant messaging, social networking, blogging, and other forms of internet forums.  As of 2011, more than 2.1 billion people of the world's population of  about 7 billion had access to the internet.

International Coalition Urges United Nations To Protect Targeted Statisticians in Argentina

A coalition of international statistical organizations has urged a United Nations Special
Rapporteur to protect statisticians who have been the victims of escalating attacks by the
Government of Argentina. The appeal to the Special Rapporteur, whose charge is the
promotion and protection of the right of freedom of opinion and expression, was made
in August by the American Statistical Association (ASA) in a letter signed by Executive
Director Ron Wasserstein and William Seltzer, chair of the association's Committee on
Scientific Freedom and Human Rights. Since then, other statistical groups have
supported the ASA appeal by writing letters of their own to the Special Rapporteur.
In late September, a letter of support was sent by Jean-Michel Poggie, the president of
the Societe Francaise de Statistique. A second letter was written by Jae C. Lee, president
of the International Statistical Institute. Earlier this month, Jong Hoo Choi, president of
the Korean Statistical Society, also wrote, urging action to protect the targeted
individuals in Argentina. Additional professional societies in other countries are
expected to join this coalition in the coming weeks, according to Wasserstein and