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From Rural Digital Divides to Local Solutions

By Nicol Turner-LeePhotography by Mark Williams-Hoelscher The road to Garrett County, Maryland Thick snow flurries fell on the night that my colleague Mark Hoelscher, then Brookings’s resident photographer, and I left Washington, D.C., driving northwest on Interstate 270 toward Garrett County, Maryland. The trip, which is normally three hours, took five given the blinding and […]

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Working from home data surge a ‘balancing act’ for ISPs: tech expert

Internet usage patterns have drastically changed since pandemic was declared, Mark Wolff says CBC Radio · Posted: Mar 27, 2020 6:29 PM ET | Last Updated: March 27 0 commentsListen to the full episode53:59 A technology expert says he is impressed at how well Canada’s internet is holding up given the massive data-load its infrastructure is under […]

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Mass school closures in the wake of the coronavirus are driving a new wave of student surveillance

Colleges are racing to sign deals with ‘online proctor’ companies that watch students through their webcams while they take exams. Education advocates say the surveillance software forces students to choose between privacy and their grades. By Drew Harwell April 1, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT When University of Florida sophomore Cheyenne Keating felt a rush of nausea […]


Affordable Broadband Now and Later

Today, we face a health crisis that makes plain – again – the importance of broadband to all people in America. As Oliva Wein of the National Consumer Law Center explains, “We’re hearing stories of low-income people without broadband at home traveling to healthcare facilities, risking their health and the health of other people, including […]

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Coronavirus: This could be the right time to get home internet

By Nixon Kanali -March 31, The demand for home internet and wireless connectivity in Kenya might go high as more Kenyans work and learn remotely due to global concerns over the current coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.Advertisement As we have previously mentioned, the disrupted business environment, as a result of this pandemic, has made it essential to provide everyone in the organisation […]

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Holding Class on Zoom? Beware of These Hacks, Hijinks and Hazards

By Tony Wan     Mar 27, 2020 This article is part of the guide Sustaining Higher Education in the Coronavirus Crisis. On Tuesday, Kristina Ishmael was watching a webinar about how coronavirus will impact K-12 education policy, when the screen was suddenly flooded by pictures of pornographic images and racial slurs. The moderator turned […]

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The Presumption of the Connected

Why assuming broadband connectivity is disastrous in a time of crisis To ensure social distance, we have been asked to recreate work and school in our homes. Distancing ourselves is necessary to “flatten the curve,” which means reducing a spike in new COVID-19 cases and thereby not overloading our health care system. But while we try not […]