Current Event Sources

For starters, my blogroll is a decent place to start. I will detail the feeds one by one below, but familiarity is key.

A note on all ISP related searches: People hate their isps. There isn't anything you or I can do about it, they loathe them. And when people hate something, they want everyone to know how bad the bad guy is. Because of this, blogs and the rest of the internet is cluttered with people professing their hatred of the major corporations.

A second note on ISP searching: Most ISPs are highly integrated telecom companies. They are not providing Internet only but also telephone and cable television in many cases. Sorting the news related to one but not the other is a tedious task, and because they are often mentioned together it is hard to design searches without throwing the baby out with the bathwater - so to speak.

  • Name: Wikipedia
    • Access: http://www.wikipedia.org/
    • Frequency: As often as you feel is necessary.
    • Information: A starting point to help guide you to more concrete resources.
    • Query: [network neutrality]
    • Evaluation: 10/1. Wikipedia is hard to evaluate as a source. For just finding things out, it is a 10 because the layout and general setup of a wiki makes it very easy to find what you are looking for. However, due to the nature of a wiki it can't really be trusted. You have to follow through on the sources that they list to confirm any of the information you find for yourself. So it is a 10 for a source finder, but a 1 as a source itself.
    • Miscellaneous: I will reiterate what I said in the Evaluation bullet: Wikipedia is not a primary source. That doesn't make it a bad source, but it does mean that there is another step of follow through when using wikipedia.
  • Name: ISP-Planet
    • Access: http://www.isp-planet.com/
    • Frequency: Every three days
    • Information: ISP related news.
    • Query: I set up a page monitor for the front page. They have an RSS feed provided however I wanted to try out a page monitor to see how it worked. I would recommend just using their RSS feed (though I never used it myself, so it could prove to be as useless)
    • Evaluation: 4
    • Miscellaneous: I came across this site early in my searching. I thought because of the way that the front page was designed that it would be useful to examine the functionality of a page monitor. I was right in that case, as I mentioned in the Query section that the information related to the topic wasn't relevant but it was good to use a page monitor. You could probably skip out on this one and not miss too much.
  • Name: YouTube
    • Access: http://au.youtube.com/
    • Frequency: Occasionally
    • Information: Video resources. Good source of interviews.
    • Query: [network neutrality] [internet infrastructure]
    • Evaluation: 7
    • Miscellaneous: YouTube actually turned out to be quite a bit more useful than I would have originally predicted. The speech from Obabma was a particularly good find and the video walkthroughs of how the internet work was also a nice find. This would be a decent resource to return to, as I mention, occassionally.
  • Name: Google News
    • Access: news.google.com, bloglines subscritption blogroll
    • Frequency: Daily
    • Information: News
    • Query: [network neutrality] ["internet infrastructure" security] [comcast]
    • Evaluation: 10
    • Miscellaneous: Google News along with a news aggregator (like bloglines)has been an incredible resource. Imagine that you could set up a query like the ones above, and then every day have someone tell you if anything new has come up that day. Well actually, stop imagining and go do it. Input any search query in to Google News and in the left side bar there will be a custom RSS feed created specifically for that search. Then daily all you have to do is check your bloglines account and the news will be brought to you. Amazing!
  • Name: DSL Reports
    • Access: http://dslreports.com, RSS Feed, my blogroll
    • Frequency: Frequently
    • Information: Internet (specifically ISP) news
    • Query: n/a
    • Evaluation: 6
    • Miscellaneous: DSL Reports was better than isp-planet but that isn't saying much. DSL Reports generates primary articles that are informative, but not always wholly related to the project. Many of the articles are interesting, but not particularly helpful. Worth leaving in the news aggregator and browsing at the very least.
  • Name: Google Blog Search / Bloglines Search
    • Access: http://blogsearch.google.com, http://www.bloglines.com
    • Frequency: Daily
    • Information: Blog Posts
    • Query: [network neutrality] [comcast -net]
    • Evaluation: 6
    • Miscellaneous: As useful as it is completely and utterly useless. Network Neutrality is a hot button issue for many folks on the internet and so it can be hard to sort the fanatics from the people that have a clue. Especially when you yourself are not familiar with all the nuances of the issue. For the comcast seach, it was next to useless. Refer to the notes about people hating ISPs and trying to seperate internet from cable television at the top of this page.
  • Name: Google Image Search
    • Access: http://images.google.com
    • Frequency: Once
    • Information: Pictures
    • Query: [internet infrastructure]
    • Evaluation: 5
    • Miscellaneous: I used Google Image Seach once, on a whim. And it turned out to strike gold. I clicked on this picture of a dragon that I thought looked cool and sure enough it led me to a great article. I guess the idea here is to keep an open mind about where you are doing searches and what they might come up with.
  • Name: Compfight
    • Access: http://www.compfight.com/
    • Frequency: Occasionally
    • Information: Images (specifically, Flickr images)
    • Query: [network neutrality] [internet infrastructure]
    • Evaluation: 7
    • Miscellaneous: Internet Infrastructure and especially Network Neutrality are rather dry, nebulous topics and so you might think that image searches wouldn't yield much. But much like Google Image Search I was able to strike gold with Compfight at least once. Interesting pictures tend to come along with interesting stories, and you never know if that story will be right on topic. Worth checking out.
  • Name: Silo Breaker
    • Access: http://www.silobreaker.com/
    • Frequency: Frequently (once we found out about it)
    • Information: News, Blogs, Documents, Relevant Quotations, Related Topics in a network, Video (YouTube)
    • Query: [network neutrality] [internet infrastructure]
    • Evaluation: * 10 *
    • Miscellaneous: If you don't get anything out of this site other than the fact that Silo Breaker is great search engine then I would say you got enough. The sheer volume of information that is presented even on the simplest of searches is staggering. The Quotations can be handy to add pop and legitimacy to presentations. The best feature though, is the Three Dimensional Network surrounding your topic. It allows you to visually explore topics, companies and people directly related to your search of choice.
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  • Name: ISPCON FALL 2008
    • Access: http://www.ispcon.com/
    • Frequency: Rarely
    • Information: News
    • Query: n/a
    • Evaluation: 1
    • Miscellaneous: I thought that a convention about ISPs might be a decent place to get news on the subject. I was wrong. Total dud, avoid. Especially now that it is over.
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