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Jason A. Llorenz
Jason A. Llorenz, Esq.

Jason is Sr. Fellow at the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information, studying the issues of American innovation and technology policy. His writing has appeared here in the Huffington Post, and he has been featured on NPR and the Washington Post. Follow on twitter: @llorenzesq.

Entries by Jason A. Llorenz

What Separates Internet Advocates?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2014 | 4:12 PM

In a week of political showdowns, it seems appropriate to reflect on the faceoff in the Internet advocacy world. On the morning of June 10, 1964, Senator Robert C. Byrd ended a 14 hour, 13 minute address. The arguments over the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had given Americans the...

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Ten Steps to Using Twitter in the College Classroom

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Like all college and university faculty, August means finalizing fall syllabi and lesson plans, and pre-reading articles for fall courses. For many professors, this process includes thinking (or rethinking) on how to leverage social media to engage students in the semester's learning.

At Rutgers, my fall Understanding and Designing...

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The Internet Is Not a Water Pipe

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:22 AM

We hear about disruptive innovation everywhere in the tech space. The words get thrown in as an argument, a goal, an ideal -- a sacred totem of sorts -- in almost every aspect of debate over technology policy.

That's because disruptive innovation through technology -- particularly broadband-powered technology --...

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Net Neutrality's Brain Drain and Distraction

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 4:33 PM

As a national community, we debate and think often about the impact of the Internet on our lives. The issues that emerge in those conversations are tied to real needs - for affordable connectivity, access to laptops and mobile tech for learning and business, as examples. Latino tech leaders talk...

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2014 Goal: Take Hispanic Heritage and Prosperity Online

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 5:57 PM

While Washington remains in gridlock, the nation just celebrated the 45th anniversary of National Hispanic Heritage Month. As is our annual tradition, we celebrated the histories, cultures and contributions of Latin@s to America, and held important conversation about our future. Despite the challenges, we celebrate progress for Latinos across every...

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Online Klout: Digital Gateway or the New, Mysterious Gatekeeper?

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 5:01 PM

With each passing year, digital literacy solidifies its position as the currency of success.

It's not just the continued decline of American manufacturing jobs, and what we already know about the upward trend toward the future of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) jobs.

The future of upward mobility,...

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The Internet: Working Through Government Furlough

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 1:05 PM

Washington remains frozen again this week -- the government is shut down over a number of issues. Not even the tragedy of a young, troubled mother's police chase and death could release the gridlock in the Capitol, and today all "non-essential" government workers -- about a third of the federal...

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Government Needs to Catch Up to the World of Instavideo

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 3:02 PM

Still think social media is the province of the young? Think again. According to a new report about social networking from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 72 percent of online adults now use social networking sites.

The Pew report parses social media demographics, charting which groups...

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For New FCC Chair, Getting Spectrum Auction Rules Right Is Critical Early Test

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 2:10 PM

When Tom Wheeler takes his new post as chairman of the FCC one of his first, and most critical, tasks will be to keep the wireless revolution going by completing plans for auctions to supply more spectrum for wireless services. And, just making the auctions happen isn't good enough. The...

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How the Technology Sector Will Help Achieve Comprehensive Immigration Reform

(14) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 9:13 AM

"Tech lobbyists say immigration reform is needed desperately," reports a recent Politico story. The technology sector -- long an economic engine that has grown and created jobs despite the last two decades of economic tumult -- has always called for more immigration. The sector, driven by innovation and...

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Rethinking Broadband: Wireless Opportunity

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Universal broadband adoption and meaningful digital literacy remain among the equity issues of our time, standing alongside our goals for education, and healthcare. But quickly evolving technology, and our own patterns of use are changing the very way we think about access to broadband.

Recent PEW data highlight this....

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Bill Gates to SXSWedu: We Aren't Doing Enough to Spur the Advance of Education Technology

(3) Comments | Posted March 12, 2013 | 12:27 PM

"We currently only direct about 1 percent of total R&D [research and development] dollars toward edtech...our investments don't match our mandate," said Bill Gates, Microsoft Founder and now Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to a packed crowd of attendees on the last day of SXSWedu in Austin.

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The Kind of Innovation America Needs

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 12:48 PM

This summer, I traveled several times to address groups including NALEO and LULAC on the subject of American jobs and the new, tech-driven innovation economy. My message and examples always highlight the opportunities in the tech sector given new leadership and innovative thinking. I point to the dismal...

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Why We Need to Fix the Spectrum Crunch Now

(8) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 3:40 PM

It's becoming pretty common knowledge, at least in policy circles, that all of those terrific services we're getting from our smartphones and tablets may become a lot less reliable unless we figure out how to devote more radio spectrum to wireless communications. The growing awareness is good news. But we'd...

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The Latino Civil Rights Agenda Includes Expanding the 1%

(3) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 1:57 PM

This summer, The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and the League of United Latin American Citizens
(LULAC) gathered their respective constituencies in Orlando to educate, inspire and focus the community on the issues facing a nation as it prepares to vote on the next term...

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Improving the Economy and Igniting America

(1) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 12:46 PM

This month, President Obama had broadband on his mind. He signed an executive order to make broadband construction cheaper and more efficient on federally owned or controlled land and buildings as well as along federal roadways. This corresponds with another new initiative on broadband technology, a public-private partnership dubbed U.S....

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Internet Problems? Call the U.N.

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 5:37 PM

Amid today's partisan rancor in Washington, it's good to see that in at least one area, politics stops at the water's edge.

Last week, a bipartisan coalition in Congress laid down a clear marker in opposition to growing calls for the United Nations to have...

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Hispanics, Broadband and the Digital Textbook Revolution

(4) Comments | Posted May 20, 2012 | 7:48 AM

Today, one in three entrants to the U.S. workforce is Hispanic, and by 2025 Hispanics will be one of every two new American workers. And so, the future of America's workforce will be increasingly Hispanic. But without significant change in college attainment rates, the United States will face a shortage...

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