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Digital Divide Policy Enters the National Conversation

 You’re reading the Benton Foundation’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) telecommunications stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of August 12-16, 2019 As we highlighted last week, 2020 presidential candidates are starting to release policy proposals targeting the digital divide. This week, […]

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Huawei Technicians Helped African Governments Spy on Political Opponents

Employees embedded with cybersecurity forces in Uganda and Zambia intercepted encrypted communications and used cell data to track opponents, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation ByJoe Parkinson, Nicholas Bariyo and Josh ChinUpdated Aug. 15, 2019 3:21 am ET KAMPALA, Uganda—Huawei Technologies Co., the world’s largest telecommunications company, dominates African markets, where it has sold security tools that governments […]


Making a feminist internet: Movement building at a digital age in Africa

Please see below a call to apply to participate in the Making a feminist internet: Movement building at a digital age in Africa convening happening in Johannesburg, South Africa from 28-31 October 2019.  Please apply and share this call with your networks and organisations. There is very limited space available, please apply soon.  Application link: 


There’s a Full-On War for Cybersecurity Talent, CEOs Forking Millions to Fill Roles

With companies realizing the threat of hefty fines, lawsuits, and executive resignations that can follow security breaches, companies are scrambling to scoop up scarce security experts. A company this year had to pay $2.5 million to fill a cybersecurity role that it paid $650,000 in 2012, reports Anders Melin in a Bloomberg story: “The growing compensation packages and […]


World Wide Web was born on this day 28 years ago

Today 6:30 AM 6193 shares By Deb Kiner | [email protected] The World Wide Web was born on this day in 1991. From, “British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee published the first-ever website while working at CERN, a particle physics lab in Switzerland.” According to, Berners-Lee observed how difficult it was to keep track of the lab’s projects […]

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Majority supports antitrust review of tech giants: poll

BY MAX GREENWOOD – 08/05/19 02:03 PM EDT 277 by © UPI Photos More than two thirds of U.S. voters believe that tech giants like Google and Facebook should be subject to federal antitrust reviews, according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey released exclusively to The Hill.  Sixty-eight percent of respondents said that internet giants have largely built products […]


Domino’s Pizza is locked in a Legal battle over the future of web design

The pizza company has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear a three-year-old case that deals with whether Domino’s is legally required to make its websites and apps accessible to all users. BY KATHARINE SCHWAB, FAST COMPANY Should websites be accessible to everyone, including the blind? That’s the question at the center of an ongoing lawsuit against the […]