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Digital Divide

Racing Away From Ferguson and the Challenge of Education

Paul Stoller | Posted 12.12.2014 | 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 12.09.2014 | 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 11.14.2014 | 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 11.06.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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
Ritu_Sharma

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.

Giving Back: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

How would your life change if you gave something away every day? In 2012, I made a commitment to give away $1000 grants, every single day, to individ...

PHILIPPINES: Fighting for the Sisters I Left Behind

World Pulse | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
World Pulse

A former victim of human trafficking, today Myrna Padilla is using her success in the IT industry to create an online network of support connecting wo...

ARGENTINA: Climate Change Is Threatening My Connectivity

World Pulse | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
World Pulse

by Sandra Gaitán Tabuyo As women's online lives grow richer in Patagonia, new environmental challenges are poised to drown out advances. As women,...

Tech Policies That Transform Our Future

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 07.06.2014 | Technology
Eva M. Clayton

For years, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have debated whether rules are needed to protect the "open Internet" from potential favoritism of certain websites or services by ISPs. But the issue, as with most things technological, is not that simple.

Women Rewire the Web

Jensine Larsen | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
Jensine Larsen

If global experts can heed the recommendations of women worldwide and combine the best of the global technology industry with the ingenuity of women on the ground to solve the digital divide challenge, we can unlock a colossal wave of human potential and freedom for future generations.

Look At What Just Happened To Syria's Internet

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 03.21.2014 | Technology

UPDATE: Renesys now reports that the internet in Syria has been restored. Internet in Syria restored at 19:07 UTC following blackout lasting over ...

Using Technology to Close the Education Gap for Girls

Joel Lamstein | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Joel Lamstein

In March 2011, to mark International Women's Day, I wrote a blog post asking, "Can Technology Close the Gap for Girls and Women?" The ConnectEd progra...

Face It, Comcast Doesn't Love You

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 04.16.2014 | Media
Malkia A. Cyril

Like with any relationship, it's important to get past the honeymoon phase, with all the flowers and candy, to find out what you're really dealing with before you tie the knot. So, as a Valentine's Day gift to you, I've got six common sense ways to help you evaluate the Comcast/Time Warner merger.

Washington Watch: "Bridging the Internet Gap"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 04.08.2014 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

The Internet Gap, or the more commonly used phrase The Digital Divide, persists despite almost 75% of American homes now having Internet access. This...

It's Time for an Upgrade: 18 Years Is Just Too Long

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

The original Communications Act was enacted in 1934 and subsequently revised in 1996 in which the word "Internet" only appeared 11 times while "payphone" garnered 18 references. Our policies are still being led by those outdated laws.

7 Practical Tips for Parenting Digital Natives

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Linda Esposito, LCSW

Have the "edited reality" conversation. Anyone can edit themselves to appear smarter, funnier and nearly physically flawless. Teens are concrete and literal thinkers. When viewing status updates and birthday party photos, they may conclude "everyone" is having fun and they're "always" excluded.

Being Entrepreneurial

Dr. Carol E. Quillen | Posted 02.08.2014 | Education
Dr. Carol E. Quillen

If done well, an entrepreneurship program substantively complements curricula in the arts and sciences and the overall undergraduate experience.

El Hacker Cívico: Civic-Minded Techies Gain Sway with Government in Mexico and Beyond

Theresa Bradley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Theresa Bradley

That paradox echoes around the globe: While governments may spend heavily on high-tech intelligence and security programs, most are still struggling to update the unwieldy IT systems that run almost everything else.

Empowering youth through digital jobs: How innovative approaches are creating opportunities for disadvantaged youth

Digital Divide Data | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Digital Divide Data

by Bathylle Missika and Alessandra Fiedler When Emmeldah walks through the dirty lanes of the Mathare Valley in Nairobi, what she sees is far from a...