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The Internet is Not Working for Everyone

May 26, 2020Source: Benton Institute for Broadband & SocietyAuthor: Kevin TaglangCoverage Type: Analysis We’re all obviously aware of the unprecedented National Emergency President Donald Trump declared on March 13, 2020 and the shelter-at-home orders many have lived under in the last few months. Telework, telehealth, and distance education have all boomed during this time, testing residential broadband networks […]

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The digital divide in times of pandemic

The Cellular Operators Association of India shows that the average data consumption has increased by 30 percent as a result of the lockdownBy TPT Bureau | Agencies -May 21, 20200 As nationwide lockdowns have constrained and minimized the physical mobility and interactions of people, the virtual world has gained greater prominence in our everyday life. Stringent measures leading to […]

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Megacity Slums Incubate Disease – But the Coronavirus Response Isn’t Helping the Billion People Who Live in Them

CONTRIBUTOR: THE CONVERSATION Having ravaged some of the world’s wealthiest cities, the coronavirus pandemic is now spreading into the megacities of developing countries. Sprawling urban areas in Brazil, Nigeria and Bangladesh are all seeing COVID-19 infections rise rapidly. We study the fragility and resilience of such cities and their urban peripheries, with the aim of encouraging data-driven policy decisions. Given its deadly trajectory in marginalized communities of hard-hit New […]

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Data Protection During a Pandemic – African DPAs Respond

Amanda Manyame Tech Law and Policy Advisor LinkedIn Profile In an attempt to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, governments are using citizens’ personal data by collecting health data and contact information of people suspected to have been infected by the virus. This has led to countries adopting contact tracing measures which involve the surveillance of citizens […]

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Quarantine fatigue has well and truly set in – and that could spell trouble

Arwa Mahdawi In some US states, bars are already packed again and you can even get your nails done. Will lockdown boredom lead to a dreaded second wave? Wed 20 May 2020 07.00 BST Coronavirus is officially cancelled: the US is bored of it, so it is over. That is what it feels like, anyway. In Wisconsin, bars […]

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ISOC Online Tutorial on Community Networking

Module 01: Wireless Networking Standards – IEEE Module Two Radio Physics Module 03: Practical Planning for Implementing a Wireless Network Module 04: Introduction to Networking Module 05: The Network Layer  Module 06: Routing  Module 07: The Upper Layers  Module 08: Network Topologies and Infrastructure Module 09: Radio Device Configuration  Module 10: Examples of Access Point […]

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Tracking COVID-19 With the IoT May Put Your Privacy at Risk

The coronavirus pandemic is an opportunity to balance public health and personal privacy By Stacey Higginbotham The Internet of Things makes the invisible visible. That’s the IoT’s greatest feature, but also its biggest potential drawback. More sensors on more people means the IoT becomes a visible web of human connections that we can use to, say, track […]