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Works at CSUDH Internet applications, implications & technology, digital literacy, teaching, Internet in developing nations, IT history, old athletes, fitness nut.
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Lived in Lund, Sweden
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Larry Press, Professor of Information Systems at California State University, Dominguez Hills, has worked in both industry and academia. He has been on the faculties of the University of Lund, Sweden and the University of Southern California, and worked for IBM and the System Development Corporation. 

He has consulted to over 40 industrial, government and non-governmental organizations including IBM, Apple, Philips, Sony, Hyundai, RAND, the World Bank, ITU, UNDP, USAID and UNCTAD.

He has worked on data processing, multi-processor operating systems, simulation, decision table translation, simulation of concept acquisition, multivariate data analysis, pattern recognition (discriminant analysis), study of problem solving behavior in executives, computer and network applications in education, computer art, teleconferencing, the history of computing and networking, local area networks, expert systems, software import/export, the study of the global diffusion of the Internet, enterprise networking strategy and applications, wireless networking, municipal networking, telecommunication policy, and IT literacy. He is currently creating a modular electronic text and just finished a study of the Internet in Cuba.

Dr. Press has been studying the global diffusion of the Internet, with an emphasis on policy and technology in developing nations, for over twenty years. He and his colleagues developed a framework to characterize the state of the Internet in a nation, and they, and others, have used this framework in many national case studies and surveys.

He has done studies of the Internet in Russia, Cuba, Chile, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Singapore, and Vietnam. He is currently working on a project in support of Cuban NGOs. This work has been supported by Rand, The International Telecommunication Union, SAIC, UNDP, UNCTAD, and the US State Department as well as governments in studied nations. Dr. Press was also an organizer and instructor in the World Bank/Internet Society workshops, which trained over 2,500 networking leaders from nearly every developing nation.

Dr. Press has been active in ACM and the Internet Society, published over 240 articles and reports (54 in ACM publications), written two books, edited two book series, and been an editor or contributing editor for several magazines, trade publications and academic journals. He is an active electronic publisher with several blogs, a Twitter stream and a Web site with over 45,000 files. 

He has received the CSUDH Outstanding Professor, Distinguished Teacher and Hyundai Outstanding Professor awards, his MBA and PhD in information processing are from UCLA, and he is a fitness nut who does an occasional triathlon and is a better free throw shooter than Shaquille O'neal.
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Maybe the only person who was *really good* at wiring unit record machine boards and has an AWS server account.
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    BS, 1957 - 1960
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    MBA, 1963 - 1964
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    PhD, 1964 - 1966
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I've posted a two-slide presentation on a fake news site and the role of the Internet Archive in outing it -- useful for teaching or catching up on the story.

#Tecaching #politics   #education  
The New York times reported on the rise and fall of a fake news site. The site, ChristianTimes, has been deleted, but it was archived by The Internet Archive, enabling the Times to expose the site and its creator Cameron Harr...
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Update to post on SpaceX and OneWeb satellite Internet projects -- good discussions on Reddit
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Two of the updates to this post were triggered by SpaceX filing a request to launch 4,400 Internet service satellites last November and a leak of SpaceX financial data last week. Each of those events triggered in-depth, informative discussions on Reddit.

The Reddit discussion of the request to launch the satellites (here) and the Reddit discussion of SpaceX finance (here) cover launch, radio and IP technology, markets, advantages and disadvantages compared to terrestrial networks and much more. Check them out and join the discussions.

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2014/11/elon-musk-and-greg-wylers-plan-for.html

#spacex   #space   #internet  
Routers in orbit (See the related post on cost savings from re-use of rockets used in launching satellites). In the early 1990s, cellul...
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Update to annotated teaching slides on the impact of the Internet on politics

I've added new slides dealing with Trump's writing style on Twitter and his reaction to his briefing on Russian hacking by intelligence agencies. (His response also provides an illustration of his Twitter writing style.

The new slides are located here:
http://som.csudh.edu/fac/lpress/presentations/howtrumptweets.pptx

The cumulative slide deck is located here:
http://som.csudh.edu/fac/lpress/presentations/trumpclintondiscussionslides.pptx

An introduction to the slides and their update history is located here:
http://cis471.blogspot.com/2016/11/teaching-slides-on-political-impact-of.html

#socialmedia #journalism #Internet #education #edtech #highered #highereducation #politics #Trump #teaching
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Update to post on SpaceX plan for Satellite Internet service
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Ars Technica reports that leaked SpaceX financial documents reveal that Elon Musk expects significant revenue as a satellite Internet service provider:

"SpaceX eventually plans to launch 4,000 communications satellites, which would be dozens of times larger than any other constellation, with the first phase of this possibly going online as early as 2018. SpaceX anticipates that the satellite business will become more profitable than the rocket business by 2020, generating tens of billions of dollars by the mid-2020s."

Another post on the same leak was more specific, saying that "SpaceX expects to generate more than $15 billion in profit by 2025."

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2014/11/elon-musk-and-greg-wylers-plan-for.html

#SpaceX   #elonmusk   #satellite   #Internet   #ICT4d  
Routers in orbit (See the related post on cost savings from re-use of rockets used in launching satellites). In the early 1990s, cellul...
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They could leverage the locations of their multiple global data centers as transmission locations. They already have high speed networking and large racks of network equipment on battery backup systems. They ideally wouldn't be the only provider of transmission stations, but it provides a good starting point, and they are already interested in getting more people online, they have experience as an ISP, and they have deep pockets - all of which would make them a good partner to work with.
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Update to post on the earliest political impacts of the computer networks -- the 1991 Soviet coup attempt
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Mark Graham, who relayed news over the Sovam Teleport link during the Soviet coup attempt, just sent me an article on their activity at the time. Unfortunately, the data they transmitted and received has been lost. Our archive is still online at the State University of New York site mentioned above and, even better, it is online at the Internet Archive.

http://cis471.blogspot.com/2011/01/before-twitter-revolutions-there-was.html

#russia   #China   #Internet   #politics  
Polina Antonova and Kremvax, the link between Relcom and the West The first example of relatively large-scale citizen journalism online...
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Update to post on the home Internet trial in Old Havana
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I've been told that the home connectivity trial has reached only 840 out of 2,000 eligible homes and the signup rate has slowed significantly -- ten new accounts yesterday. I'm also told that the trial will end on February 28 regardless of when a user signs up.

Perhaps most of the eligible people felt it was not worth going through the hassle of applying and installing new equipment for two or fewer free months.

Others may not understand or want Internet access. In the early days of the Internet, we understood that one of the factors supporting success was a population of trained. demanding users and I was optimistic that the Youth Clubs might have developed that user base in Cuba.

Cuba has a core of trained, demanding users -- bloggers, developers, young people at WiFi hotspots, etc., but the average Cuban might be indifferent to and ignorant of the Internet (if not to El Paquete).

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/07/old-havana-fiber-trial-to-begin-august.html

#Internet #Cuba #ICT4D
Old Havana (red area) Last February, ETECSA announced a pilot connectivity project in two Havana neighborhoods. The Associated Press rep...
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Update to post on the ongoing home-connectivity trial in Old Havana
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The Havana Times has a story on the home Internet trial in Old Havana. The story is largely anecdotal, but there are a few details.

At one point, the story says there are 2,000 connected homes and at another 2,000 people. Some of the connections are to businesses and government offices -- not only homes. More confusion -- the story speaks of 15 people in a building being connected. Two thousand people would be consistent with the earlier report of 697 homes. .

The trial will end on February 28, so it sounds like everyone that will connect is connected. The speed is 256kbps (presumably download) and after February 28, residents will have the option of 256 or 512 kbps or 2mbps, but they do not know what the costs will be.

Speeds of 256kkps to 2mbps are very low using modern DSL equipment. That indicates that either backhaul from the Old Havana central office to the Internet is very slow and has to be conserved or that the wiring between the central office and the customer premises is in very bad condition or that the distances between the central office and users are great -- or it could be all of those. A darker thought is that they don't want people using the Internet very much.

Regardless, this speed range is even lower than that anticipated in a home connectivity plan that was leaked a year and a half ago and this trial is starting to feel like a sad publicity stunt. If Cuba rolls out this sort of home DSL, they will be where the US was in the 1990s.

As I have stated many times -- Cuba should not be recapitulating the evolution of Internet connectivity from dial-up, to DSL, to hybrid fiber-cable or fast DSL. They should leapfrog to next-generation technology and, more important, next-generation policy -- even if it means accepting (dreaded) direct foreign investment.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2016/07/old-havana-fiber-trial-to-begin-august.html

#Cuba   #Internet   #ICT4D   #Havana  
Old Havana (red area) Last February, ETECSA announced a pilot connectivity project in two Havana neighborhoods. The Associated Press rep...
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New slides added to presentation on the impact of the Internet on politics
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I've added new slides dealing with the Internet Archive and others in archiving Internet content that might be deleted or altered for political purposes.

The new slides are located here:
http://som.csudh.edu/fac/lpress/presentations/newInternetArchives.pptx

The cumulative slide deck is located here:
http://som.csudh.edu/fac/lpress/presentations/trumpclintondiscussionslides.pptx

An introduction to the slides and their update history is located here:
http://cis471.blogspot.com/2016/11/teaching-slides-on-political-impact-of.html

#socialmedia #journalism #Internet #education #edtech #highered #highereducation #politics #Trump #teaching
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Update to annotated teaching slides on the impact of the Internet on politics

I've added new slides dealing with Facebook's efforts to flag fake news in the US and Germany and possible fact-checking collaboration.

The new slides are located here:
http://som.csudh.edu/fac/lpress/presentations/newfacebookfactcheck.pptx

The cumulative slide deck is located here:
http://som.csudh.edu/fac/lpress/presentations/trumpclintondiscussionslides.pptx

An introduction to the slides and their update history is located here:
http://cis471.blogspot.com/2016/11/teaching-slides-on-political-impact-of.html

#socialmedia #journalism #Internet #education #edtech #highered #highereducation #politics #Trump #teaching
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New CNN post is similar to one from a year and a half ago.


#Cuba   #Internet   #ICT4D  
In July 2015, a CNN News post described the then new WiFi hotspots in Havana . The post included a two-minute video clip that centered arou...
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Update to post on Cuban home connectivity
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The home-connectivity trial in Old Havana is underway and a friend tells me the DSL rollout will begin soon in Santa Clara and Granma.

My guess is that it will only be in the provincial capitals and only some neighborhoods. If ETECSA is implementing the plan foreshadowed in this post, they will be upgrading central offices that are in areas with high population density and phone wires that are in good condition.

My friend heard the prices would be:
15 cuc 30 horas, 256 kb/s
30 cuc 30 horas, 512kb/s
45 cuc 30 horas, 1mb/s
The Web site Cibercuba says the prices will be approximately:
15 cuc 30 horas, 256 kb/s
50 cuc 30 horas, 512kb/s
70 cuc 30 horas, 1mb/s
115 cuc 30 horas, 2mb/s
Both agree that users will be required to recharge at least once per month.

The good news is that more Cubans will be able to have Internet connectivity in their homes, but the bad news is that this is a lot of money for very slow service by today's standards.

Speeds of 256kkps to 2mbps are very slow using modern DSL equipment. That indicates that either backhaul from the central offices to the Internet is very slow and has to be conserved, the wiring between the central office and the customer premises is in very bad condition, or that the distances between the central office and users are great -- or it could be all of those. A darker thought is that they don't want people using the Internet very much.

Regardless, this speed range is even lower than that anticipated in the leaked document described above. If Cuba rolls out slow home DSL, they will be where the US was in the 1990s.

As I have stated many times -- Cuba should not be recapitulating the evolution of Internet connectivity from dial-up, to DSL, to hybrid fiber-cable or fast DSL to fiber to the premises. They should leapfrog to next-generation technology and, more important, next-generation policy -- even if it means accepting (dreaded) direct foreign investment.

http://laredcubana.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-leaked-etecsa-presentation-on-home.html

#Cuba   #Internet   #ICT4D   #DSL   #ICT4D  
I don't criticize to knock the system down. On the contrary, I criticize to perfect the system. Carlos Alberto Pérez This post has taken ...
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"Imagine the headlines if, in 2015, Russian agents had leapt out of a van at 2 a.m. in Southeast Washington and broken into the Democratic National Committee offices using sophisticated tools and techniques to steal tens of thousands of documents, including the names and Social Security numbers of donors and employees, and confidential memorandums about campaign strategy for the presidential election."

Send Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan copies of "Profiles in Courage."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/opinion/russias-dnc-hack-was-only-the-start.html
Unless we realize how vulnerable our democracy is, we are playing into the hands of foreign aggressors like Vladimir Putin.
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Has Putin said "I am not a crook" yet?
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