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TikTok & WeChat US downloads to be BANNED by Trump on Sunday in controversial move

TICKED OFF  BREAKING Mollie Mansfield DONALD Trump is moving forward with a controversial decision to ban downloads and maintenance of China-owned app TikTok on Sunday. The announcement was made by the Commerce Department on Friday morning which made the call “at the president’s direction.” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement: “At the President’s direction, we […]


Online learning’s toll on kids’ privacy

Ashley Gold Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios The shift to online schooling is running roughshod over children’s privacy rules and rights, experts say, and creating new inequalities. The big picture: Minors are the only group that enjoys federal online privacy protections in the U.S., but that’s not enough to protect their privacy rights as school districts and teachers […]

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New Survey: Majority of Teens Say Online Learning Is Worse Than In-Person, but Only 19% Think School Should Return to Full In-Person Instruction

Teens Say They Learn Better in Person and Worry About Falling Behind but Have Little Confidence Their Schools Will Keep Them Safe from the CoronavirusCommon Sense MediaTuesday, September 15, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, 2020—A new poll released by Common Sense/SurveyMonkey shows that teens are taking the coronavirus more seriously than some may think. Despite 59% of […]

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Inequality in broadband access jeopardizes the mental health & well-being of communities coping with COVID-19.

Sep 9, 2020 | Blog Entry, COVID-19, News By: Amber O’Brien  Amber O’Brien is earning her master’s degree in Psychological Science at Texas Woman’s University, researching biological and social factors of anxiety and depression, with an emphasis on health inequities. Mental health is threatened by the ongoing pandemic, and many may be facing anxiety and depression for the first […]

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59% of U.S. parents with lower incomes say their child may face digital obstacles in schoolwork

BY EMILY A. VOGELS Communities across the United States are facing challenges of remote learning as K-12 schools have shifted to online classes or been forced to go remote after students or staff tested positive for COVID-19 early in the term. Many of these schools faced similar problems in the spring. A new analysis of Pew Research Center data collected in early April finds that 59% of parents with lower […]

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Call for Participation – ICANN 69 DNSSEC and Security Workshop, October 2020

By Dan YorkAuthor and Speaker on Internet technologies – and on staff of Internet Society August 25, 2020 Views: 5,516 Add Comment If you are interested in presenting at the ICANN 69 DNSSEC and Security Workshop during the week of 17-22 October 2020, please send a brief (1-2 sentence) description of your proposed presentation to [email protected] by 27 August […]


Ireland to Order Facebook to Stop Sending User Data to U.S.

It follows a legal decision by the EU Court of Justice on privacy standards.Corinne ReichertSept. 9, 2020 2:20 p.m. PT The Irish Data Protection Commission has asked Facebook to halt transferring user data from the European Union to the US. A preliminary order was sent in late August, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Facebook confirmed the […]

Social Media

Americans think social media can help build movements, but can also be a distraction

BY BROOKE AUXIER AND COLLEEN MCCLAIN Social media platforms are important for political and social activists. But while most Americans believe these platforms are an effective tool for raising awareness and creating sustained movements, majorities also believe they are a distraction and lull people into believing they are making a difference when they’re not, according to a new Pew […]

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Broadband in red and blue states: Three solutions to low-income internet access

Tom WheelerWednesday, September 9, 2020TECHTANK “At night, after hours, in good weather, and even when the weather is not so good, people gather around the library to try and get on Wi-Fi leaking through the doors,” Linda Johnson, president of the Brooklyn Public Library told me a few days ago. While the Trump administration—especially the […]

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Internet Shutdowns Don’t Help Authoritarians Stop Protests

A recent study that looked at the effects of internet shutdowns amid civil unrest found that they aren’t effective at suppressing protest.By Chris BaraniukSeptember 7, 2020, 9:00am As thousands of protesters took to the streets in Belarus last month, authorities partially blocked internet access across the country. If the move had been designed to stymie the […]