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6 September 2012 | V3.co.ukWeb Index - published by the World Wide Web Foundation - was unveiled at an event in London on Wednesday and ranks 61 countries around the world in order of how well they use the internet. This index takes into account the reach, content, infrastructure and social, economic and political impact of the internet on a nation. "I have spent most of my life with fellow geeks trying to make the web more powerful. Then I realised while we were making it more powerful only 20 percent of the world was using it," said Berners-Lee at the event. "The Web Index allows each country to look and see what it needs to do to get more people connected to the internet, and will help countries to realise what they need to do next." The first annual addition of the index sees Sweden taking the top spot, followed by the US and then the UK in third. The Web Index, which received funding from Google, also highlights that under one in six people in Africa are connected to the internet. Berners-Lee believed the launch of the Web Index will help politicians and countries improve the reach and impact of the web across the globe, which he believes to reach it's full potential, has to involve the web being open.
6 September 2012 | BBC News
6 September 2012 | Editors WeblogLayar is a new company based in the Netherlands that specialises in a solution for interactive paper incorporating augmented reality to add value to the printed product. “I love newspapers but every time I read one I get frustrated because there is nothing to click on, no way to comment, share or watch a video,” says Claire Boonstra, Co-Founder and Business Development Director of Layar, during the Print Plus session of WAN-IFRA's World Newspaper Congress in Kiev, Ukraine. As newspapers embrace digital, that has included experimenting with QR codes and, increasingly, augmented reality, Boonstra says. Layar has partnered with a number of print publications that are integrating the solution into their editorial processes, featuring videos and infographics, such as NRC, a leading newspaper in the Netherlands, as well as a number of magazines. For the end user, this means downloading an app for their mobile devices. There have been 24 million downloads so far. For the publication, it is a web-based tool. Boonstra says there are several lessons for publishers here: interactive paper is different from digital; paper is the starting point, not digital; it is a short and relevant digital experience for users; “and it gives a good reason of why to pull out your mobile phone."
6 September 2012 | APcondemned by the international journalist watchdog Reporters Without Borders. Khuong faces 13 years in jail if convicted.
6 September 2012 | Wall Street Journal
6 September 2012 | RedOrbitEuropean Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) who ran the competition, together with the Royal Astronomical Society and the Association of British Science Writers. The aim of the prize was to increase media coverage of astronomy, a means to promoting the wonders of astronomy – a subject regularly cited as a key reason for students opting to take up careers in science. The judges chose Katia as the winner, for her remarkable series on ESO’s Very Large Telescope located in Paranal Observatory, Chile. Katia’s prize was announced at a reception primarily held to celebrate the UK’s involvement in the Large Hadron Collider after the recent discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs Boson. The UK plays a lead role in both particle physics and astronomy and is ranked number one in the world for astronomy. Due to the success of the competition it will run again next year.