United States

This Native American Heritage Month We Must Recommit to Closing the Digital Divide and Increasing Digital Equity and Opportunity for Native Americans

November 26, 2021Infrastructure https://www.commerce.gov/news/blog/2021/11/native-american-heritage-month-we-must-recommit-closing-digital-divide-and?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters As our Nation honors Native American Heritage Month, the Department of Commerce remains committed to building back a better, more equitable economy where no one is left behind. By implementing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will help ensure every person in this country, especially those living on Tribal land and other […]

United States

Assessing the State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy

Stephen Ezell November 29, 2021An increasingly digitalized global economy requires ever-more digitally skilled workforces for nations to remain productive. Unfortunately, domestic and international assessments of digital skills show the United States is lagging its competitors.https://itif.org/publications/2021/11/29/assessing-state-digital-skills-us-economy?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters Executive Summary What Are Digital Skills and Why Do They Matter? Assessing the State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Workforce […]

Apple Cyberattacks

Joel Trenaman: The Canadian lab that exposed a critical flaw that left Apple devices vulnerable

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/joel-trenaman-the-canadian-lab-that-exposed-a-critical-flaw-that-left-apple-devices-vulnerable Special to National PostPublishing date:Nov 28, 2021   On Nov. 23, Apple announced it is suing a global software developer following a security breach that left its operating systems vulnerable to surveillance. In September, Apple scrambled to issue a protective patch for a reported 1.65 billion devices that were vulnerable to the NSO Group’s notorious Pegasus spyware. […]

Tor

Privacy-Protective Internet Browser Tor Is Running Low on Servers

The Tor Project has launched a campaign to encourage volunteers to run private bridge servers. ByJody SerranoSaturday 3:34AMComments (24)Alerts https://gizmodo.com/privacy-protective-internet-browser-tor-is-running-low-1848095632 The Tor browser, arguably the best privacy-protective internet browser available for most people, is running low on bridge servers. The decline in servers affects the browser’s ability to combat censorship and provide a gateway to the open internet […]

Blockchain

Working Toward Financial Inclusion With Blockchain

Four ways blockchain technology is beginning to help people in countries such as Kenya and Argentina build more resilient and prosperous lives through greater access to financial services.https://ssir.org/articles/entry/working_toward_financial_inclusion_with_blockchain?utm_source=Enews&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=SSIR_Now# By Cecilia Chapiro Nov. 24, 2021In the aftermath of a drought in North Horr, Kenya, people who are unbanked and without credit like Arbay, above, have been forced to […]

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Future of the internet’ requires willingness to change here in the US

The White House has circulated a plan, seeking support from democratic countries for the future of the internet. The initiative responds to long-standing concerns, such as state control of content, and emerging issues, including tech industry dominance. The goal is political commitments from democratic allies for a common vision. The U.S. initiative should be welcomed. In the […]

FCC

FCC Begins the Transition of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program into the Affordable Connectivity Program

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 Digital Beat https://www.benton.org/blog/fcc-begins-transition-emergency-broadband-benefit-program-affordable-connectivity-program?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters On November 18, 2021, the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau released a public notice seeking public comment on how to modify and extend the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program to a longer-term broadband affordability program: the Affordable Connectivity Program. In the recently signed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Congress directed the FCC to make […]

Tribal Connectivity

Life without reliable internet remains a daily struggle for millions of Americans

November 22, 20216:00 AM ET ALEJANDRA MARQUEZ JANSE AMY ISACKSON https://www.npr.org/2021/11/22/1037941547/life-without-reliable-broadband-internet-remains-a-daily-struggle-in-nevada AILSA CHANG The Duck Valley Indian Reservation is home to the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes and comprises about 450 square miles along the Idaho/Nevada border. Only one power line goes into it, shown here along Highway 51.Kyle Green for NPR Three days and one hour into […]

Privacy

GoDaddy says data breach exposed over a million user accounts

Zack [email protected] / 11:22 AM EST•November 22, 2021 Comment Image Credits: Getty Images Web hosting giant GoDaddy has reported a data breach, and warns that data on 1.2 million customers may have been accessed. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, GoDaddy’s chief information security officer Demetrius Comes said the company detected unauthorized access to its systems where […]

Cryptocurrency

People are talking about Web3. Is it the Internet of the future or just a buzzword?

November 21, 20216:00 AM ET https://www.npr.org/2021/11/21/1056988346/web3-internet-jargon-or-future-vision Web3, short for web 3.0, is a vision of the future of the Internet in which people operate on decentralized, quasi-anonymous platforms, rather than depend on tech giants like Google, Facebook and Twitter.Ani_Ka/Getty Images There’s a buzzword that tech, crypto and venture-capital types have become infatuated with lately. Conversations […]