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Internet Subsidy Gives $50 A Month Discounts For Low-Income Americans

May 12, 20217:04 PM ET VANESSA ROMOTwitter The pandemic has underscored the importance of having a reliable internet connection, with adults dependent on it for work and young people reliant on it for their education.Nam Y. Huh/AP Financially strapped American families are now eligible for an emergency discount on their internet service under a COVID-19 […]

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BroadbandNow Estimates Availability for all 50 States; Confirms that More than 42 Million Americans Do Not Have Access to Broadband

Written by  John Busby  Julia Tanberk  Tyler Cooper  May 12, 2021 Last year, we manually checked availability of more than 11,000 addresses using Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Form 477 data as the “source of truth.” Based on the results, we estimated that 42 million Americans do not have the ability to purchase broadband internet. In […]

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Canadian content creators feel left in the dark as Ottawa hits pause on proposed new internet law

By Celina GallardoStaff ReporterWed., May 12, 2021timer5 min. read As the Liberal government’s controversial Bill C-10 is put on hold to examine whether it could breach social media users’ freedom of speech, professional content creators feel they are being sidelined in the conversation. Bill C-10 proposes changes to the Broadcasting Act that allow streaming services like Netflix and Spotify […]

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The Underbelly of Ransomware Attacks: Local Governments

Local governments are under siege by ransomware. A new set of recommendations released by the Institute for Security + Technology’s Ransomware Task Force seeks to address the problem. Blog Post by Guest Blogger for Net Politics May 10, 2021 12:35 pm (EST) Michael Garcia is the senior policy advisor for Third Way’s National Security program, a 2021 Shawn Brimley […]

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Nowhere to Hide: Cyberstalking Surges

New technology is making it easier than ever for someone to watch you 24/7. By Jessica Cohen  Photo by Getty Images/Marco_Piunti. In this ever more cyber-savvy world, a stalker can attach a device smaller than a dime to your car to find out where you go. They can peer at you when you think you’re […]

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Social Apps That Go Suddenly Viral Put Kids at Risk

While parents focus on Facebook and Twitter, children often turn to apps that allow users to remain anonymous, aren’t moderated, and that adults have never heard of. ANONYMOUS APPS LIKE YOLO, Whisper, and the now-defunct have been linked to cyberbullying, pedophilia, unsolicited sexual image sharing, and even child suicides. Concerns over these apps largely focus on […]

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A4AI sees electricity as precondition for connectivity

By Adeyemi Adepetun05 May 2021   |   Alliance for Affordable InternetAlliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI) has called on nations to prioritise electricity, stressing that it is a precondition for connectivity.A4AI said roughly 940 million people, about 13 per cent of the global population, don’t have access to electricity and many more face regular disruptions. It […]

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Internet Society Foundation Announces Second Round of Digital Skills Grants

Grants of up to $150,000 for eligible organizations in Bangladesh, Colombia and SenegalMay 04, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Internet Society Foundation has launched a second round of grant funding through its SCILLS programme to support digital skills development. In its second year, the Strengthening Communities, Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) programme aims […]

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The internet is excluding Asian-Americans who don’t speak English

For millions of people on the wrong side of America’s language gap, technology is creating barriers rather than removing  Tate Ryan-Mosleyarchive May 4, 2021MS TECH | GETTY, PIXELSQUID Jennifer Xiong spent her summer helping Hmong people in California register to vote in the US presidential election. The Hmong are an ethnic group that […]

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70% of U.S. social media users never or rarely post or share about political, social issues

BY COLLEEN MCCLAIN Only 9% of adult social media users say they often post or share things about political or social issues on social media, according to newly released results from a Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults conducted Sept. 8-13, 2020. Some 70% of social media users say they never (40%) or rarely (30%) […]