New ITU study estimates US$ 428 billion are needed to connect the remaining 3 billion people to the Internet by 2030

Connecting Humanity examines the necessary global and regional investments to achieve universal, affordable broadband connectivity for people aged 10 and above Infrastructure | Broadband/Connectivity Geneva, 17 September 2020​​​​​​​​​​​The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published Connecting Humanity – Assessing investment needs of connecting humanity to the Internet by 2030, a comprehensive new study that estimates the investment needed to […]

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Online Learning Guidelines Issued to Help Protect Student Privacy and Reduce Data Breaches in Schools

September 16, 2020 | 3:20 PM GMT+0800 Last Edit: September 17, 2020 Before webcam-supported online discussions are recorded, schools must consider getting the consent of the parent or legal guardian of students below 18 years old, according to guidelines that a group of public and private universities and colleges across the country has issued. The presence […]

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The FCC Says It Is All About Closing the Digital Divide. How Is It Doing?

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of September 21-25 The Federal Communications Commission’s top priority is closing the digital divide. In its latest inquiry into […]


A novel proposal to help millions of kids struggling with online school

By Valerie StraussReporterSeptember 23, 2020 at 1:13 p.m. EDT Millions of students across the country are once again going to school from home, as they did last spring when the novel coronavirus arrived in the United States. Experiences with online learning this year have sparked concerns that many students are falling behind academically — not only because virtual […]


Why Puerto Rico is still struggling to get online

Kyle Daly Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios Internet connectivity remains a weak link for the disaster-wracked U.S. territory Puerto Rico, and some experts fear a new tranche of Federal Communications Commission subsidies set aside just for the island might not help the people most in need of a broadband connection. Why it matters: Puerto Rico is locked out […]


ICANN: one year on from its first human rights impact assessment

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020  On 10 July 2020, ARTICLE 19 received ICANN’s responses to two Documentary Information Disclosure Policy (DIDP) requests, which we filed in June. Specifically, we requested an update on ICANN’s progress toward implementation of the recommendations from its first internal human rights impact assessment (HRIA) report, which was published on 15 May 2019. A HRIA is a process to […]

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TikTok & WeChat US downloads to be BANNED by Trump on Sunday in controversial move

TICKED OFF  BREAKING Mollie Mansfield DONALD Trump is moving forward with a controversial decision to ban downloads and maintenance of China-owned app TikTok on Sunday. The announcement was made by the Commerce Department on Friday morning which made the call “at the president’s direction.” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement: “At the President’s direction, we […]


Online learning’s toll on kids’ privacy

Ashley Gold Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios The shift to online schooling is running roughshod over children’s privacy rules and rights, experts say, and creating new inequalities. The big picture: Minors are the only group that enjoys federal online privacy protections in the U.S., but that’s not enough to protect their privacy rights as school districts and teachers […]

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New Survey: Majority of Teens Say Online Learning Is Worse Than In-Person, but Only 19% Think School Should Return to Full In-Person Instruction

Teens Say They Learn Better in Person and Worry About Falling Behind but Have Little Confidence Their Schools Will Keep Them Safe from the CoronavirusCommon Sense MediaTuesday, September 15, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, 2020—A new poll released by Common Sense/SurveyMonkey shows that teens are taking the coronavirus more seriously than some may think. Despite 59% of […]

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Inequality in broadband access jeopardizes the mental health & well-being of communities coping with COVID-19.

Sep 9, 2020 | Blog Entry, COVID-19, News By: Amber O’Brien  Amber O’Brien is earning her master’s degree in Psychological Science at Texas Woman’s University, researching biological and social factors of anxiety and depression, with an emphasis on health inequities. Mental health is threatened by the ongoing pandemic, and many may be facing anxiety and depression for the first […]