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'Moneyball' Comes to Silicon Valley: What Technology Investor Dan Scheinman Sees

James Grundvig | Posted 03.13.2013 | Technology
James Grundvig

"Disruption" is so analog. Transformation is the word that will capture the new era of the mobile enterprise. Many legacy Fortune 500 tech giants -- Dell, Intel, Cisco, HP, Microsoft, Oracle, et al. -- are rushing to change as the static, analog PC Age they thrived in dies faster than anyone predicted.

'We Must Not Place Limits': HuffPost Readers Voice Concerns Over Cable Industry's Shift Toward Metered Billing

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

Cable companies are considering moving from a flat-fee Internet service model -- where every user pays the same price for Internet access, regardless ...

The 2013 Mobile Revolution

Scott Goodstein | Posted 03.02.2013 | Technology
Scott Goodstein

Lost in all the punditries of 2013 about which groups helped win the presidency in our evolving electorate, we are missing the importance of not just the changing demographics, but a seismic shift in how Americans digest news and information.

Gerry Smith

Free Broadband Internet Service Challenges Major Providers | Gerry Smith | Posted 12.22.2012 | Technology

For people tired of paying $40 or more a month for Internet, a new startup offers enticing tradeoff: free service with limits on how much YouTube or N...

Science As a Human Right

Karen Kashmanian Oates, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2013 | Science
Karen Kashmanian Oates, Ph.D.

The "digital divide" -- the disparity between people with access to science and technology, specifically the Internet -- translates into another lost generation when it comes to education, public health and economic viability. It is also our most telling sign that something drastic must be done.

Microsoft Empowers Children Worldwide, Inspires 1 Million Facebook Likes

Kerry O'Shea Gorgone | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education
Kerry O'Shea Gorgone

Lifelong learning is the overarching goal of the program. By equipping students to fully participate in the digital economy, Shape the Future will improve their lifetime earning potential, thereby boosting the economic outlook of entire nations.

The Internet as Political Lie Detector

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.12.2012 | Technology
Timothy Karr

In a year of misleading political attack ads and distracted television newscasters, the Internet may offer salvation for voters seeking the truth. A new Google poll found that 64 percent of battleground-state voters have used the Internet to fact-check the candidates in 2012.

Gerry Smith

Rachel Haot, New York's Digital Czar, Is The Woman Behind Bloomberg's Tech Vision | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.10.2012 | Technology

On a recent evening, dozens of New York entrepreneurs gathered at Gracie Mansion, the longtime home of the city’s mayors, to celebrate the city’s ...

Digital Gridlock: Could Social Entrepreneurship Help the Struggling Publishing World?

Tanyella Evans | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Tanyella Evans

Fortunately, existing mobile technology in developing nations offers these countries the opportunity to 'leapfrog' the development of library infrastructure that could take decades, and reach users directly with e-books and other content.

Gerry Smith

Google Fiber Deadline Expires, Some Low-Income Kansas City Residents Unlikely to Qualify | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.10.2012 | Technology

The deadline for Kansas City residents to sign up for Google's new high-speed Internet network expired Sunday night. But for now, not everyone will re...

Gerry Smith

To Expand Net Access, America Can Find Blueprints Abroad | Gerry Smith | Posted 09.10.2012 | Technology

For many low-income Americans, Internet access is a luxury they can't afford. Too bad they don't live in South Korea. By the end of this year,...

Google's New Super Fast Internet Service May Not Reach Low-Income Residents

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.31.2012 | Technology

When Google unveiled its new Internet service in Kansas City last month, the company said customers would receive speeds so fast they would no longer ...

Gerry Smith

'Digital Divide' Overlooked As Party Conventions Embrace The Web | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.29.2012 | Technology

With a steady stream of blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube videos, the presidential campaigns have increasingly embraced the web as a way ...

Gerry Smith

19 Million Americans Without High-Speed Internet | Gerry Smith | Posted 08.22.2012 | Technology

About 19 million Americans still have no access to high-speed Internet, according to a new report by the Federal Communications Commission. About 1...

FCC Has Options to Make Verizon Cable Deal Better for Internet Users

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.20.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Congress and the FCC have put themselves at this juncture where they now have to choose between taking strong steps the biggest companies abhor, in order to enable competition -- or actually regulating a broadband monopoly.

Gerry Smith

AT&T, Verizon Reject Federal Funds To Close Digital Divide | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.30.2012 | Technology

To help close the digital divide, the Federal Communications Commission is offering phone companies millions of dollars to expand high-speed Internet ...

A New Politics for Black Youth: From Rodney King to the 2012 Elections

Cathy J. Cohen | Posted 09.15.2012 | Black Voices
Cathy J. Cohen

As the 2012 election approaches it is important to realize how young people of color are using new media to amplify their voices in the political realm. Are we prepared to embrace their innovation and support their engagement?

Why We Need to Fix the Spectrum Crunch Now

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 09.12.2012 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

The spectrum crunch threatens consumers with higher prices, less service for their dollar, and less reliability and quality as well.

A Digital Divide Grows Between Baby Boomers...and Other Boomers?

Ira Wolfe | Posted 09.11.2012 | Technology
Ira Wolfe

When I pull out my smartphone, I can feel the "I just don't get it" look. "What's so important that it can't wait?" And that is where I feel the divide begins and two camps build.

Gerry Smith

Verizon's Deal With Cable Companies Would Widen Digital Divide, Lawmakers Say | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.10.2012 | Technology

A proposed deal between Verizon and four major cable companies could lead to consumers paying higher prices and having less access to high-speed Inter...

Digital Literacy Beyond Social Networking

David Honig | Posted 09.09.2012 | Technology
David Honig

Despite an otherwise stagnant job market, high tech employment is on the rise. But minorities who lack technological skills and experience will not be able to compete for these types of jobs.

Gerry Smith

State Laws Create Barriers To Community Broadband Projects | Gerry Smith | Posted 07.03.2012 | Technology

In 2010, two counties in South Carolina, Orangeburg and Oconee, received federal funding to deliver broadband Internet to residents without access. ...

The Latino Civil Rights Agenda Includes Expanding the 1%

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 08.28.2012 | Latino Voices
Jason A. Llorenz

For a Latino community that lost 2/3 of its net worth in the housing crisis, new paths to wealth and prosperity are sorely needed. The tech sector means the future of wealth building must include an expansion of minority tech entrepreneurship.

Bianca Bosker

How 'Girls Who Code' Is Trying To Close The Gender Gap In Tech | Bianca Bosker | Posted 06.26.2012 | Technology

Call it the summer of CSS. Twenty teen girls from underserved communities in New York City will spend eight weeks this summer taking intensive tech...

Bridging The Digital Divide In America's Rural Schools

| Sarah Butrymowicz | Posted 06.21.2012 | Education

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. YODER, Colo.—Surrounded by farmland and ranches, Colorado's Edison School sits off an un...