Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pew Internet News: "Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. Obvious."

Peer-to-peer Healthcare: Crazy. Crazy. Crazy. Obvious.

Peer-to-peer healthcare

Susannah Fox, May 25

Here’s my simple definition of peer-to-peer healthcare:
Patients and caregivers know things — about themselves, about each other, about treatments — and they want to share what they know to help other people. Technology helps to surface and organize that knowledge to make it useful for as many people as possible.

An idea whose time has come? Let’s think that through...

New data resources at

A quick guide to data resources on, including recent additions to our data sets page. (Hint: One of them is spelled c-s-v...)

Recent presentations

New Video: The Networked Librarian | Presentation
Lee Rainie, May 6

Lee Rainie describes our latest research findings about how Americans use the internet and cell phones. He explores how libraries can be actors in building and participating in social networks through their use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogging and through delivering their time-tested—and trusted—services to their patrons. (Video and slides available)

Future of the Internet: Anonymity

“Even the Wild West was tamed with laws, schools, and societal norms. So too the web.”Tom Wolzien, longtime telecommunications analyst, Chairman, Wolzien LLC

“'It will be an archipelago of named users, who get a lot of value from participating in that part of the ecosystem, but still set in an ocean of anonymity.” Clay Shirky, professor, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University

“Anonymity online will gradually become a lot like anonymity in the real world. When we encounter it, we'll take a firm grip on our wallet and leave the neighborhood as soon as possible—unless we're doing something we're ashamed of.” Stewart Baker, internet legal specialist at the law firm Steptoe & Johnson

Read more in our recent Future of the Internet report

Pew Internet research in the news

Hispanics lead U.S. embrace of mobile technology
CNN, May 20

One in Four Tracks Health Data Online, Survey Finds
ABC News Radio, May 12

Parsing a new Pew report: 3 ways the Internet is shaping healthcare
O'Reilly Radar, May 12


We're tumbling! (Tumblring? Tumbl-blogging?) Whatever it is, we're on Tumblr now, so take a moment to check us out:

Too many emails?

To change the sort of updates you want to receive, such as notifications of new data sets or new report alerts only for a specific topic, update your profile here.

Presentations calendar:

June 9  » How Communities Learn  Lee Rainie will discuss the latest trends in Americans use of the internet and smart phones and how people use technology to learn and share information about their communities. Focusing on rural communities, he will explore the role of social networks in shaping the way people gather community information and make sense of it.

Click here to see all upcoming presentations »

Contact Us:

Pew Internet
1615 L St NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Add us to your address book

About us:

The Pew Internet & American Life Project is an initiative of the Pew Research Center, a nonprofit "fact tank"that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The Pew Internet & American Life Project explores the impact of the internet on children, families, communities, the work place, schools, health care and civic/political life. Support for the project is provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts.