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You May Have Internet Access, But Millions Do Not

THOSE PUSHING FOR BROADBAND ACCESS IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES INCLUDE THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE AND REP. JIM CLYBURN.     PHOTO BY PATRICK T. FALLONBY DONNA OWENS · APRIL 7, 2021 Whether it’s a Zoom call for work, online classes for students, telehealth consultations, E-commerce, or staying connected to family and friends, digital access has become even more critical […]

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Universal Broadband: The Perpetual Problem

JEANINE KIM | APRIL 13, 2021 March again. Marking the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, this month is a testament to both the strength of the American people and the relentless longevity of the pandemic. More, it is a glaring reminder of the failures in the government’s response to this public health crisis. […]

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The movement to end targeted internet ads

A new movement wants to ban pesky ads that track you around the internet. BY NICHOLAS VINOCURApril 2, 2021 4:56 pm PRESS PLAY TO LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE Voiced by Amazon Polly Europe has tried to police privacy online with mixed results. Now a growing movement suggests it’s time to go much further — by imposing an all-out […]

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The woman who took on Google and won

By James ClaytonNorth America technology reporterPublished17 hours agoShare Everyone has their breaking point. And when it comes it can be a small thing, an incident that usually wouldn’t matter. Shannon Wait’s moment was when her Google-issued water bottle broke. The data centre she worked in was hot, so she asked for another one. However, she […]

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7% of Americans don’t use the internet. Who are they?

BY ANDREW PERRIN AND SARA ATSKE For many Americans, going online is an important way to connect with friends and family, shop, get news and search for information. Yet today, 7% of U.S. adults say they do not use the internet, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 25-Feb. 8, 2021.  How we did this Internet […]

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Stop Calling Everything AI, Machine-Learning Pioneer Says

Michael I. Jordan explains why today’s artificial-intelligence systems aren’t actually intelligent By Kathy Pretz THE INSTITUTE Artificial-intelligence systems are nowhere near advanced enough to replace humans in many tasks involving reasoning, real-world knowledge, and social interaction. They are showing human-level competence in low-level pattern recognition skills, but at the cognitive level they are merely imitating human intelligence, […]

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Partners of “African Girls Can Code” commit to address the digital gender divide in Africa

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021Participants of a Coding Camp in Hawassa, SNNP Region, one of the Three the National Coding Camps held in Ethiopia that trained 444 Girls (29 July -16 August 2019). Among total of 575 girls trained under AGCCI between August 2018 – August 2019. Photo: UN Women/Elias Berhanu Half of the 3.7 billion […]

Big Tech Canada

Canada could face U.S. tariff ‘retaliation’ over proposed tax on digital services

The U.S. is proposing tariffs of up to 25%, which would collect duties equivalent to what affected countries collect from American companies through their digital taxesAuthor of the article: Anja KaradeglijaPublishing date:Apr 05, 2021  • A tax on tech giants’ digital services the Liberal government has promised to include in the upcoming budget has the potential […]

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Leaker says they are offering private details of 500 million Facebook users

By Raphael Satter https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-cyber-leak/leaker-says-they-are-offering-private-details-of-500-million-facebook-users-idUSKBN2BQ0J8 2 MIN READFILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo and binary cyber codes are seen in this illustration taken November 26, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A leaker says they are offering information on more than 500 million Facebook Inc users – including phone numbers and other data – virtually for free. The database […]

Indonesia

The uncertain future of online free speech in Indonesia

2 April 2021 Author: Titik Puji Rahayu, Universitas Airlangga For more than a decade, the Electronic Information and Transaction Law (ITE Law) has been the face of internet governance in Indonesia. First enacted in 2008, the law was later revised in 2016, granting the Indonesian government considerable power to control internet access in Indonesia. Since […]