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Supporting African Americans Rests, In Part, With Technology Connectivity

Jeremy White | Posted 10.12.2016 | Technology
Jeremy White

I was honored to personally attend and witness the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., several weeks ago. After more than one hundred years of deliberation and four years of construction this event represented the dream of so many finally coming to fruition.

Internet and Development: A Reality-Check

Tereza Horejsova | Posted 10.10.2016 | World
Tereza Horejsova

How can we create a more inclusive Internet? What are the practical steps we can take to expand global connectivity? This week, leaders from some of the Internet's main organisations and businesses, together with the World Bank, are gathering in Washington D.C. to discuss these questions.

To boldly go toward new frontiers, we first need to learn from our colonial past

The Conversation Global | Posted 10.08.2016 | Science
The Conversation Global

The idea that there's a moral imperative for humans to expand beyond Earth is echoed by influential proponents of space exploration. Tamara Craiu/Flic...

Helping Women Cross The Digital Divide

James Moore | Posted 09.21.2016 | Women
James Moore

On the runway at San Francisco International Airport that day, the plane looked like another British Airways 777 rolling out on the tarmac for an international flight. The giant aircraft, however, was filled with a group of creative thinkers and accomplished business people taking part in what the airline called an "Ungrounded" flight.

Engaged Voters Are Internet-Connected Voters

Sarah Pike | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Sarah Pike

That's a big portion of voters that many local politicians are missing. And for those low-income, limited-access groups who prioritize social media, those platforms may be one of the only venues they have to get involved with local politics.

Latinos Face Digital Divide In Health Care

The Conversation US | Posted 08.06.2016 | Latino Voices
The Conversation US

When considering Latinos, educators often struggle with how to close the achievement gap. That gap is often defined as a disparity in academic success between native English speakers and those for whom Spanish was their first language.

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, 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 02.15.2017 | 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 02.11.2017 | 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 02.09.2017 | 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 01.04.2017 | 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 12.31.2016 | 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 12.28.2016 | 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...