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Digital Divide

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 03.06.2014 | 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 Our policies are still being led by those outdated laws.

Net Neutrality Misses Real Internet Problem: ADOPTION

Kristal High | Posted 03.25.2014 | Technology
Kristal High

Rhetoric aside, provided neither the FCC nor Verizon appeal last week's decision, we can safely say we're comfortably still in the net neutral zone we've been in for the past ten years. But there is a bigger problem the Chicken Littles of the world fail to recognize.

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...

Digital Latin America, Hungry for a Bigger Slice of Apple's Pie

Blanca Treviño | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Blanca Treviño

The time for widespread digital innovation in Latin America is now. This paradigm shift -- fueled by an increase in economic growth, accessibility to technology and round-the-clock information -- is changing the game for Latin America.

2014 Goal: Take Hispanic Heritage and Prosperity Online

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Jason A. Llorenz

Digital literacy, online entrepreneurship, and a focus on building opportunities and equity through technology, are the keys to success in the 21st Century for Latinos and America.

Getting the World Online Isn't Philanthropy

John M. Eger | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
John M. Eger

Before leaving her post as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton gave a push to a new organization with a mission to connect the world. Called the Allia...

Is There a Digital Divide for Customers?

Alistair Niederer | Posted 10.27.2013 | Business
Alistair Niederer

Over the past couple of years the way companies interact with their customers has changed beyond all recognition. I have been thinking a lot about how...

The Future of Broadband: Why Fix It if It's Not Broken

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 10.26.2013 | Technology
Eva M. Clayton

More work needs to be done to truly maximize the benefits of technology by paying more attention to America's "digital divide" and the ways in which we can work to bridge it.

Is Silicon Valley Beginning to Invest in Disrupting Education?

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

There's an utter lack of infrastructure in homes and schools that live side-by-side to some of the most sophisticated and tech-fluent corporations and startups -- preventing civic engagement and technological fluency among Silicon Valley's youth.

Hyperconnectivity and Digital (dis)Connection

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 10.13.2013 | Technology
Elizabeth Filippouli

The digital gap impacts societies and the global economy in a number of sectors: education, poverty and job opportunities are some of the most important ones.

Robin Hood Laptop Project Turns Poverty Into Possibility for Sri Lankan Tea Plantation Girls

Zoe Helene | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
Zoe Helene

Durga, the daughter of a tea worker and "plucker," lives in the Idulgashinna Tea Estate community on the island of Sri Lanka. Like most teenagers, Durga has dreams. She wants to be a software engineer, and she has the talent, drive and discipline to excel in her chosen career.

Empowering America's Rising Workforce--Latina Girls--in Computing and Innovation

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

It recently came to my attention, that throughout the nation, young men and women who are Latino are, unfortunately, caught on the wrong side of the digital divide.

International Marathoner Wants Kids to Learn to Code

Maurya Couvares | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Maurya Couvares

Christine Gary had hopes of setting a world record as the youngest person to run a marathon on each continent. But when she found out that someone else beat her by just a few weeks, she settled on a new challenge.

For Inveneo, Addressing the Global Digital Divide Calls for Business, Not Charity

Student Reporter | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Student Reporter

By focusing on the long-term impact on local economies, Inveneo prudently sidesteps many of the issues with international nonprofits that critics raise.

Who Registers to Vote Online?

Michael P. McDonald | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Michael P. McDonald

Who uses online voter registration? Which party may benefit? Data provided by the Maryland State Board of Elections illuminates patterns of online voter registration use.

IP Transition Requires Smart, Fact-Based Strategy to Boost Broadband Opportunity

David Honig | Posted 06.10.2013 | Technology
David Honig

Nobody should be left behind; nobody should lose voice service; and every American, including people of color, should experience the opportunities that are possible in the all-IP world we are entering now.

Learn to Code Movement: For All Students

Maurya Couvares | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Maurya Couvares

If we want our students to think about careers in software development, we need to provide them with access, information and mentors.

We Must Bridge the Rural Digital Divide in America

Diane Russell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Technology
Diane Russell

The policy question is not, "Is broadband working in America?" It clearly is. The real challenge is to make sure that the remaining Americans who are not on the fast lane of the Internet get on it as quickly as possible.