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Apply Now: $750,000 Grant Funding for Education Technology in Uganda

https://www.ictworks.org/category/funding/#.XkvvbWhKgdU By Wayan Vota on February 17, 2020As we’ve seen in our continued coverage of educational technology solutions across the African continent, there are multiple strategies that use ICT solutions to improve educational outcomes.Specific to Uganda, there is a strong need for innovative ideas that can help the country reach Sustainable Development Goal 4: Achieving inclusive and quality education […]

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What is the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund?

Round-Up for the Week of February 10-14, 2020 On February 7, the Federal Communications Commission released the report and order that creates the framework for the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, the latest effort to extend the reach of broadband networks deeper into rural America. The FCC’s own research estimates that $80 billion is needed to bring broadband everywhere […]

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Broadband to the Neighborhood: Digital Divides in Detroit

51 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2018 Bianca Reisdorf University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte – College of Arts & Sciences; Michigan State University – Quello Center Keith Hampton Michigan State University – Quello Center Laleah Fernandez Michigan State University – Quello Center William H. Dutton University of Southern California Date Written: January 16, 2018 Abstract […]

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Connecting Skid Row Project

People experiencing homelessness are often socially marginalized and denied access to technology resources. Yet they find ways to use communication technologies such as smartphones and the Internet throughout their daily lives, to seek information, build or maintain social ties, or for entertainment. How do these practices help them acquire resources, access services or activate systems of social […]

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Libre Router Available

We just wanted to let you know that LibreRouter is now for sale!Who wants one?  Having received more than 250 interest requests during the 2019 campaign LibreRouter: Who wants one? we are happy to announce that the LibreRouter is finally for sale. Every day, there are more communities using LibreRouter. And we don’t want anyone to stay out! […]

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BRIDGING THE GAP: What Affordable, Uncapped Internet Means for Digital Inclusion

Mobile Beacon’s internet service is highly-valued and utilized among Bridging the Gap subscribers. These users are individuals and families below the 200% line. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of users never had a home internet connection before enrolling in Bridging the Gap, which made it more difficult for them to complete homework, apply for jobs, and communicate […]

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CONNECTING CUYAHOGA: INVESTMENT IN DIGITAL INCLUSION BRINGS BIG RETURNS FOR RESIDENTS AND ADMINISTRATION

This report will outline how investment in efforts to increase digital inclusion wouldimprove Cuyahoga County service delivery in many ways. Especially notable is by improving opportunities for and the quality of online transactions. And by interweaving digital literacy training and support into existing departmental programming, the county can extend theeffectiveness of existing initiatives while also […]

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For Remote Tribes, Free Airwaves Licenses Mean Chance to Connect

Many rural tribal lands lack internet access, but a new program to provide free broadband licenses to American Indians could change that.Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images Jan. 27, 2020, FCC starts offering American Indians spectrum licenses in February Arizona’s Havasupai provide example for building, running network Most people on rural tribal lands have no internet, […]

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Broadband and Cities

Progress in closing the digital divide is greatest where poverty rates are declining the most Broadband may not be able to solve all the problems relating to social inequality and poverty, but addressing them is likely to be much harder if substantial portions of the low-income population lack broadband access at home. New analysis of broadband adoption […]

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Connecting the Next 46 Percent: Time to Pick the Good From the Bad and the Ugly

By Kitaw Yayehyirad Kitaw Jan 24, 2020 10:38 AM PST Comments: 0 Views: 1,018 On the 5th of November 2019, the release of the first of ITU’s Measuring Digital Development series coincided with Freedom House’s unveiling of its Freedom on Net 2019 report. This serendipity prompted me to write this blog note after carefully examining both reports. On one hand, ITU’s analytical publication, […]