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The Future of Tech Just Changed at VRTO--Here's Why That Matters to You

Jesse Damiani | Posted 07.18.2016 | Technology
Jesse Damiani

When Isaac Asimov penned the "Three Laws of Robotics" for a short story, it's safe to say he never imagined they would persist as guiding principles i...

New Tech in Tennessee That Could Supercharge Education

Mia Toschi | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Mia Toschi

The technologies of tomorrow are making headway into Tennessee classrooms as one of the largest Digital Resources Library was announced today in Nashville, Tennessee. It took nearly eighteen months to complete the library, which brought fifty-eight Tennessee teachers together, who curated digital learning resources for high school courses that are aligned to state standards.

Teachers Say Technology Is The Most Important Investment For Schools

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 06.29.2016 | Technology

Teachers want more technology in their classrooms -- and fast. A new study from DonorsChoose.com, a nonprofit organization that lets teachers request ...

Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Global Geopolitics

David Gosset | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
David Gosset

Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Global Geopolitics - From "Atoms for Peace" to "AI for Mankind" - Artificial Intelligence (AI), a top priority for...

The Digital Malcontent

David Gregory | Posted 05.24.2016 | Arts
David Gregory

Words and Photography by David Gregory. I've recently re-awakened a love for the medium of black and white film that has for too long been neglected,...

Internet Access Isn't Just A Tech Issue. It's A Civil Rights Issue.

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 05.23.2016 | Technology

In major metropolitan areas across the U.S., unequal access to the Internet is cutting some people off from a better future. Citizens on the wrong sid...

Working at Odds: The Dichotomy of the President's Internet Policy

Jeremy White | Posted 04.05.2016 | Technology
Jeremy White

Last month the White House announced the ConnectAll initiative, a laudable plan to bring 20 million more Americans online over the next four years. "I...

The Government Just Made It Cheaper For Some People To Use The Internet

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 04.01.2016 | Technology

The Internet just got a little cheaper for some families -- but experts say lowering the price is not enough to help low-income Americans get online. ...

For Poor Americans, Getting Online Is About More Than Just Cheap Internet

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 03.30.2016 | Technology

Internet access could soon get a whole lot cheaper for low-income Americans. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will consider a propo...

Broadband Subsidies Important But More Data Needed to Inform FCC Policy Decisions

Eszter Hargittai | Posted 03.28.2016 | Technology
Eszter Hargittai

For many, it is hard to imagine life without the Internet, no access to online news sources, no contact on social media, no health information at the ...

Coalition Asks FCC for More Protection of Prisoners' Communications

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 03.08.2016 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

A broad coalition of public interest, civil rights and other groups has filed comments with the agency asking it to expand its protections in the area in the wake of a FCC decision last fall to control rates charged for communications services in jails, prisons and detention centers for immigrants.

Advocacy: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.02.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we celebrate seven new grantees who advocate for a community that works for all. From Daina Zhang's project to ...

The Potential of Digital Learning Day and the Pitfalls of the Digital Divide

Richard Greggory Johnson III | Posted 02.23.2016 | Education
Richard Greggory Johnson III

Bringing technology into a classroom awakens students to the world outside of it. A case study indicates that when technology is effectively implement...

Many Low-Income Students Use Only Their Phone to Get Online. What Are They Missing?

The Conversation US | Posted 02.11.2016 | Education
The Conversation US

My research has explored underserved youth's use of technology to discover and participate in content related to their interests. Having access only through their mobile devices means that low-income families and youth do not have the same access to the Internet as those with other Internet connections

Candidates, Lies and the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.09.2016 | Technology
Timothy Karr

When facing questions about the Internet, Fiorina, who has an extensive, albeit pot-holed history in Silicon Valley, routinely gets her answers wrong. And she's not alone. Across New Hampshire last weekend, candidates were blaming Net Neutrality protections for a hypochondriac's list of ailments.

Uncovering Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Corporations Leverage Multiple Abilities in Their Workforce

Debra Ruh | Posted 01.04.2016 | Impact
Debra Ruh

Happy New Year. People with disabilities are gaining recognition as a significant and growing market for products and services. This will only strengthen as we turn the corner.

A Giant Leap in 2016? Africa Is Narrowing its Techno-Gap

David Tereshchuk | Posted 12.31.2015 | Technology
David Tereshchuk

Though for many of us the year ahead may look pretty dismal, 2016 promises one great breakthrough - a major step toward ending Africa's particular and hobbling form of the great Digital Divide.

The Salad Days Are Over: Google's Transformation from Purveyor of Good to Bottom-Line Brute

Jeremy White | Posted 12.28.2015 | Technology
Jeremy White

Economics is economics, and no matter how well-intentioned, Larry Page and Sergey Brin's brainchild has not only succumbed to the realities of a dog-eat-dog world, in many ways it's become the alpha male.

Why Some People In The U.S. Still Don't Have Internet Access

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.21.2015 | Technology

While the vast majority of Americans now have access to the Internet and mobile devices, regional and economic disparities persist for wired broadband...

The Huge Growth In Tech Has Created Digital Inequality

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 12.17.2015 | Technology

The trends are clear: In 2017, we're going to be more connected on more devices creating more data than ever in human history. But what does that mean...

What Comcast Doesn't Want You To Know About Data Caps

Timothy Karr | Posted 11.11.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Comcast incurs almost no additional cost in terms of how much data you use. Once that "pipe" is built, it's cheap to operate. In essence, Comcast is imposing these arbitrary limits and penalties on customers simply because it can.

Toddlers Are Getting More Screen Time Than Ever (But There's A Silver Lining)

LiveScience.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.02.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Cari Nierenberg Published: 11/02/2015 06:51 AM EST on LiveScience Babies and toddlers are spending plenty of time using mobile media devices at th...

Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs: Never Say Never

Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke

The courage and resourcefulness of these girls and women help me put things in perspective. They remind me why I set out on my own entrepreneurial (ad)venture. They humble yet embolden me: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it."

As Two Digital Divides Close, A New One Threatens

Robert Pepper | Posted 10.13.2015 | Impact
Robert Pepper

It is important to recognize the global success in advancing the adoption of ICTs, particularly telephones and the Internet, around the world. Private sector telecom investment supported by smart government policies fostered infrastructure development to the extent that now over 90% of the world's population is covered by mobile telephone signals.

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.