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Net Neutrality

US media have talked about “Net Neutrality” throughout the year because it has become one of the most important, as well as controversial, issues for Obama and for its administration. This principal’s idea is that Internet service providers should enable access to all content equally, regardless of the source, without favoring particular websites.

There are two clear positions about the importance to drive a net neutrality or not. Some of the Internet Service Providers (ISP) are totally against net neutrality and support “fast lanes”: the websites from the companies who pay extra money will be uploaded faster than the other ones. Contrary, there are several users associations, like The Internet Association, who believe Internet “should be free from censorship, discrimination and anticompetitive behavior”.

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Thanksgiving Day is not only an important day to reunite families in the US, but also a benchmark in the economy of the country, that for many companies will showcase the success, or not, of their products during the holiday season. Next November 27th would be a record day for online sales in US. According to Adobe System study, the increase of an approximate 27%, will represent a hit of $1.35 billion. Furthermore, predictions say the best online deals will be in this day with an average discounts of 24%, versus 20% for the whole week.

Mobile devices impact

The US mobile online market is expected to grow to new dimensions, with smartphone penetration as high as 90% and over 40% of tablets. Actually, at least 50% of internet traffic is coming from mobile devices.

According to OECD, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, almost the 50% of population used an e-commerce company last year, in comparison of the 30% in 2007. The statistics also show that e-commerce penetration is higher with youngsters, due to the percentage of adult people between 25 – 44 years old who bought online reached 63.6% in 2013. The average of citizens worldwide who used mobile devices to buy items was the 9%, although the numbers in the top three countries rose up to 19%. On the other hand, more than 32% of users have changed their mind about a purchase after researching the same product via mobile, while onsite on the store. In addition, 67% of online shoppers will call a business directly for any purchase greater than $100. Keep Reading →

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American citizens decided on last November the 4th who will hold 435 seats in the House of Representatives, as well as 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate, along with 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures and numerous state and local representative positions. Many eyes were to the Hispanic people. Right now, they are able to decide the elections in around 20% of the states.

Latino people in numbers

Latino Vote

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There is no doubt that we are living in the telecommunication era. 30 years ago, people used to be informed thanks to the mass media: Television, Radio and Press. Nowadays, Internet have changed the point of view meaningfully, because it has broken the space-time line, as well as territorial distances.

During the last five years, Internet has mixed with the mobile phone and, as a result, smartphones have burst into our lives. According to the ITU, in 2013 the 96.2% of global population had a cellular and this year, the number of mobile phones have overtaken the number of worldwide population. More than the half of these lines correspond to the Asia-Pacific region. Keep Reading →