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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.

Why Many Americans Still Don't Have Internet Access, In 4 Charts

Katy Hall | Posted 11.14.2014 | Technology

In some American cities, up to 40 percent of households don't have an Internet connection, according to a new analysis based on census data. Bill C...

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.

New Ideas About Online Community.. From Africa

Katrin Macmillan | Posted 10.25.2014 | Impact
Katrin Macmillan

Part of the excitement of expanding access is not just that we're connecting people, but we're developing a new and better way to think about online community.

No Justification for Permanently Banning Sales Taxes on Internet Access Charges

Michael Mazerov | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Michael Mazerov

For the first time since 1998, lawmakers are seriously considering permanently extending the moratorium on new state and local sales taxes on Internet access service and eliminating the "grandfather clause" exempting existing taxes -- changes that could cost states $7 billion a year in potential annual revenue.

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.

The Case for Connectivity

Alec Ross | Posted 04.26.2014 | Technology
Alec Ross

The upward economic mobility needed to sustainably address basic needs in the 21st century requires an Internet connection. Any economy that remains offline will grow less competitive and more isolated as the globe does its business online.

Bill Gates: The Internet Will Not Save The World

Posted 11.04.2013 | Technology

Technology is "amazing," Bill Gates told the Financial Times in a recent interview, but it's not going to save the world. Speaking with the Times'...

Connectivity Is a Crucial Right

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 11.12.2013 | College
The Miami Hurricane

UM students don't need to worry about the cost of Internet, how much data they can use, or how to go about gathering information. But five billion people on this planet can't say the same.

What is America's Broadband Agenda?

Christina Gagnier | Posted 11.11.2013 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

The desire for broadband Internet to be available to everyone wanting it is a noble and worthwhile goal, but in order to be successful it requires a set of interconnected strategies.

Want A Better Internet? Build Your Own

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 09.05.2013 | Technology

In the industrialized world, the Internet is no longer a luxury. Yet according to Monday's Pew Research Center study, 30 percent of Americans still la...

Women in Technology -- Past, Present and Future

Tamika D. Mallory | Posted 07.31.2013 | Technology
Tamika D. Mallory

Make no mistake -- America's connectivity is one of the most important economic and social issues we face.

For New FCC Chair, Getting Spectrum Auction Rules Right Is Critical Early Test

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 07.30.2013 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

Putting spectrum to its most productive use is the best way to serve consumers, especially Hispanics and others for whom wireless is a critical gateway to jobs, education, and other life-enriching experiences.

Upcoming Auctions Key to Wireless Internet Future

Edward J. Black | Posted 07.22.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Government will make decisions which could positively impact how we use our smartphones to communicate, conduct business, get directions, ect. These key decisions could determine what kind of choices we'll have for mobile connections -- and what they will cost.

Georgia's Internet Uprising

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.12.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Municipal broadband networks have been gaining traction across the country. It's easy to see why: In many rural and low-income communities, privately offered broadband services are nonexistent.

Is Broadband a Social Justice Issue?

Jason Resendez | Posted 04.02.2013 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

In the past decade alone, the Internet has transformed the way we shop (Amazon), communicate (Skype), and even receive medical care. Yet, a large number of Americans, particularly those in minority communities, lack access to these technological advances.

'Access to Internet Is Life,' Say Women Around the World

Jensine Larsen | Posted 03.17.2013 | Impact
Jensine Larsen

For women globally, the Internet has become a lifeline to information, opportunities and newfound power. New data in a report released this week, called "Women and the Web," reveals how we can bridge the digital divide for women and unlock a massive wave of human potential.

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.

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.

When Talk Isn't So Cheap

Zack Christenson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Technology
Zack Christenson

As Internet becomes more of a basic communication need, for everything from news consumption to education, it becomes more and more worrisome that government continues to discourage wireless use.

Surprising Number Of U.S. Households Can't Read This At Home

Posted 12.31.2012 | Politics

Many of us think of the web as not only our constant companion, but a virtual necessity. But in fact, one in five American households has no ready Int...

Gerry Smith

Rachel Haot, New York's Digital Czar, Is The Woman Behind Bloomberg's Tech Vision

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

12 Ways To Keep Your Cruise Budget Afloat

Anita Dunham-Potter | Posted 11.20.2012 | Travel
Anita Dunham-Potter

Cruising is one of the best vacation values going. But if you're not careful, you can easily spend more for onboard extras than you did on the cruise fare. The key to avoiding a bank-breaking bill is knowing what to expect.

We Interrupt This Blog Post With a Copyright Alert

John Pavley | Posted 11.16.2012 | Technology
John Pavley

During the Hugo Awards ceremony science fiction fans are celebrated, remembered, and rewarded along with the authors. Could you imagine Hollywood celebrating its fans by name and in person, along side the stars at the Oscars? Maybe people would start tuning in again.

Internet Freedom in Democrat, Republican Platforms Is a Good Start

Edward J. Black | Posted 11.11.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Whether the issue of the day is copyright infringement or open Internet access, censorship or a trade agreement, what the U.S. and the rest of the world could most use is an Internet freedom platform on which to base their daily policy challenges.