New US lawsuits could force Facebook to sell Instagram, WhatsApp

With the filing of the two US lawsuits, Facebook is the second big tech company to face a major legal challenge. 9 Dec 2020 The United States Federal Trade Commission and nearly every US state sued Facebook Inc on Wednesday, saying it violated antitrust law and should potentially be broken up. With the filing of […]

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Digital Tools & Learning

Census Pulse data shows some growth in computer access for students, but not much for internet availability at home The pandemic has made getting computers and internet connections to households with school-age children a priority. The “homework gap” is sizable. Before the pandemic, some 16.9 million children under the age of 18 lived in households […]

Digital Citizenship

JustSociale Launches Online Code of Conduct To Promote Good Digital Citizenship

POSTED9 DECEMBER, 2020 ByESTHER ETKIN In the rapidly evolving realm of the Internet and social media – which we increasingly rely on to conduct our lives – navigating our online human rights and ensuring they are protected can be challenging. That’s why, this Human Rights Day (10 Dec), JustSociale – a federal ACNC-accredited NGO dedicated […]


FCC announces billions of dollars in awards to provide rural areas with broadband access

SpaceX joins Charter Communications, LTD Broadband and the Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium in receiving large grantsChristian Davenport Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and chief executive officer of Tesla. (Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg News)So far the company has launched nearly 1,000 satellites as part of its Starlink constellation and has begun a pilot program in the northern United […]


Internet Pioneers, Leaders Convene on Dec. 8 to Commemorate NSFNET 35th Anniversary

December 4, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 4, 2020 — Internet2 and the Internet Society will host a free, public virtual celebration on Tuesday, December 8 at 1 pm ET to mark the 35th anniversary of the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNET), a set of projects and networking activities that supported and promoted networking in education and research […]


Benton Broadband News

Charlie, Lucy, Football  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 Nov 30-Dec 4, 2020 A new chapter in our ongoing COVID-response drama began this week […]


CIRA hits major .ca milestone on 20th anniversary

Kevin Murphy, December 2, 2020, 14:31:59 (UTC), Domain Registries Canadian ccTLD registry CIRA has registered its three millionth domain, having grown .ca by over 160,000 names this year. By happy coincidence, the milestone was hit November 30, exactly 20 years after CIRA officially took over the registry from its predecessor. CIRA said that regs are up […]


The social media addiction bubble

Scott Rosenberg Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios Right now, everyone from Senate leaders to the makers of Netflix’s popular “Social Dilemma” is promoting the idea that Facebook is addictive. Yes, but: Human beings have raised fears about the addictive nature of every new media technology since the 18th century brought us the novel, yet the species has always seemed […]

Tech giants

UK to launch new watchdog next year to police tech giants

By KELVIN CHANNovember 27, 2020 FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo people walk by a Google sign on the campus in Mountain View, Calif. USA., The coalition of technology and publishing companies, Marketers for an Open Web said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, they have asked U.K. competition watchdog to investigate Google’s plans […]


The Great 5G Race: Is China Really Beating the United States?

Doug BrakeAlexandra Bruer November 30, 2020DownloadsFearmongers claim the 5G sky is falling: China is way ahead, and drastic measures are needed to catch up. But these claims are often based on poorly understood comparisons of 5G deployment. China’s 5G stats can paint a misleading picture if taken at face value. Introduction The Sky Is Falling: Claims […]