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Digital Divide

In Mideast, Media Caught Between Two Extremes

Rana F. Sweis | Posted 07.03.2014 | 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...

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.