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Digital Divide

Pioneering Use of Technology Transforms Teaching in New York Schools

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 10.01.2015 | Technology
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

During a trip to the remote 3,000-person village of Kotzebue, Alaska early this month, President Barack Obama chose to highlight the need for access to technology for students.

The Global Search for Education: The New UN Agenda -- What Is the Role of Education?

C. M. Rubin | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

24 debaters from 11 countries will explore answers to the question in the Education Fast Forward live global debate on September 24. EFF Trustee and Education World Forum Director, Gavin Dykes, will chair the debate.

Internet Access Still Limited For Low-Income, Uneducated Americans

The Huffington Post | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 08.10.2015 | Technology

For many of us, a life without Internet might be hard to imagine. Yet, 15 percent of U.S. adults say they never go online, according to a new study fr...

White House Wants To Close Homework Gap

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.16.2015 | Technology

The White House launched a new Housing and Urban Development program Wednesday to connect low-income households in dozens of communitie...

NYC’s Chief 'Nerd In City Hall' Wants Internet Access And Equality For All

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Technology

Last September, Mayor Bill de Blasio named Minerva Tantoco as the New York City's first ever Chief Technology Officer. Tantoco, a veteran of the finan...

The Global Search for Education: Families, Schools and Communities

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.16.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

The goal of the Shaping our Future by Leading Together: Families, Schools and Communities conference in Chicago on June 22 to 24 is to expose its participants to successful community engagement strategies.

Groups Working to Make the World Wide Web Live Up to Its Name

Sarah Pike | Posted 05.15.2015 | Impact
Sarah Pike

Living in an urban American city and enjoying Internet access from all of my devices, and my own personal wireless network at home, it's easy to take for granted how rare that kind of accessibility is on a global scale.

Different Prefixes, Same Meaning: Cyber, Digital, Net, Online, E-, Virtual

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

This week, the Global Cyberspace Conference takes place in The Hague (16-17 April). In March, UNESCO hosted a conference on Connecting the Dots in Digital Space. The NETmundial Initiative had a meeting in Stanford recently.

Cyberpolitics in 3 triangles: How to avoid a digital Bermuda Triangle

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

Most data is stored by states and businesses. The question of data tracking and reporting by states and business is a current focus of digital policy discussions.

Collaborating to Connect

Zach Leverenz | Posted 06.07.2015 | Technology
Zach Leverenz

If we are to include all Americans in our digital future, we need bold action and collaborative leadership. We need to understand what works, and what we can learn and apply in more places across the country.

Closing the Digital Divide

Kim Gomez | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Kim Gomez

While we encourage agencies to make information easier to find, we must ensure that our citizens know that any information that they may need is available, where to find it, and perhaps most important, give them the skills they need to undertake the "search and acquire" process.

12 Numbers That Show America's Internet Has An Equality Problem

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.26.2015 | Technology

Here's what is keeping people from web access.

Want to Change the Face of Technology? Look to Our Girls

Techbridge Girls | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Techbridge Girls

I live in Oakland, the most diverse city in America. Unfortunately, the tech workforce here does not reflect this richness of talent. The girls in my community can be part of the solution to expand and diversify the tech workforce.

Out of the Digital Dark

The New York Public Library | Posted 03.15.2015 | New York
The New York Public Library

In the 21st century everyone should have a way to connect online and find anything they need. Otherwise, the digital divide will only magnify the effects of a fragmented society and insufficient prosperity.

Racing Away From Ferguson and the Challenge of Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.11.2015 | College
Paul Stoller

The times are perilous. We are confronting a potentially devastating set of ecological, social and cultural crises, which means that as scholars we have a great obligation. It's time for us to step up to the plate.

What Are You Doing After Hour of Code?

Techbridge Girls | Posted 02.07.2015 | Education
Techbridge Girls

Hour of Code offers an introduction to computer science that helps demystify code and shows that anybody can learn the basics. Last year over 15 million students in more than 180 countries participated.

Merger Offers Opportunity to Bridge Digital Divide

Benjamin Kallos | Posted 01.14.2015 | New York
Benjamin Kallos

How New York State handles the challenge of the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger will help set the course for the rest of the nation.

What Separates Internet Advocates?

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 01.06.2015 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

What policies, have, and will actually help to address our real Internet problem, grow an innovative Internet for the future, and advance the goal of digital equity?

Don't Exploit Ferguson for a Net Gain

Navarrow Wright | Posted 11.14.2014 | Black Voices
Navarrow Wright

Ferguson is one of those situations that forces us to reevaluate where we are as a people, as a culture, as a society and what things need to be improved.

Providing a Lifeline to Broadband Internet Access

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 11.12.2014 | Technology
Wade Henderson, Esq.

Modernizing Lifeline is within the FCC's mandate as the administrator of the Lifeline program. Chairman Wheeler should focus on real modernization and ignore politically motivated attempts to deny telephone service to low-income people.

In Mideast, Media Caught Between Two Extremes

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 09.02.2014 | Media
Rana F. Sweis

Since the 2011 Arab uprisings, there has been little doubt that enhanced access to information and news contributed to political and social activism, pushing the boundaries of free speech. Today, however, there has been a regression in media growth and censorship shows little signs of receding.

Gerry Smith

AT&T, Comcast Have Spotty Record Of Giving Internet To Rural And Poor | Gerry Smith | Posted 06.12.2014 | Technology

As telecom giants seek approval for their latest mergers, millions of people without fast, reliable Internet service have become bargaining chips. ...

Memo to World Cup Fans... Protect Those Smartphones

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 08.11.2014 | Travel
Eric Ehrmann

As part of its $530 million program to guarantee the security of the World Cup in Brazil the government of president Dilma Rousseff has set up a special cybercrimes unit.

How the Internet Is Transforming from a Tool of Liberation to One of Oppression

Astra Taylor | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Astra Taylor

Thanks to Snowden, we now know the Internet has become a giant government spying apparatus dependent on the complicity of companies we use everyday. A Reuters poll from April showed that a majority of Americans believe that technology companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon are "encroaching too much upon their lives." It's a rather remarkable statistic given these companies were universally loved not that long ago, widely imagined to be allies of the people against the old oligarchs.

Net Neutrality Threatens Much More Than Free Speech

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact

Accessibility, and specifically high-speed Internet accessibility, changes lives. Which is why it is so important to continue to offer accessibility options to those who would otherwise be left behind.