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APC Working Online Guide

https://www.apc.org/en/node/36145/ 4 MAY 2020WHAT DO SOCIAL CHANGE ORGANISATIONS NEED TO KEEP IN MIND TO WORK ONLINE? APC RELAUNCHES “CLOSER THAN EVER” GUIDE APC has been working as a completely virtual, remotely connected network since it was born in 1990, evolving and adapting throughout these 30 years. Now that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing many […]

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While More Americans Rely on Parking Lot Wi-Fi, Many Public Libraries Do Not Have Adequate Broadband

Many digital equity advocates applauded the Federal Communications Commission’s recent clarification explicitly allowing public schools and libraries to let their communities access E-Rate-supported Wi-Fi services while their buildings are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This development will hopefully make public libraries feel more comfortable sharing their E-Rate-supported Wi-Fi access without fearing any penalties from the FCC. And, […]

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‘No longer a luxury’: As life moves online, the offline fall behind

Turmoil has a way of underscoring the divide between the haves and have-nots. With much of the country staying home, many Americans have been able to shift their lives online – but some 42 million people cannot. David J. Phillip/APTrey Evans logs into an online yoga class on his computer outside at Eleanor Tinsley Park […]

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The coronavirus pandemic is breaking the internet

BY SASCHA MEINRATH, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 05/02/20 05:00 PM EDT  115THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL60 © iStock Have you noticed that Netflix has been having streaming issues while you’re binge-watching your favorite show? How about connectivity problems during a Zoom call? Or longer-than-usual wait times when loading […]

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Libraries and Schools Are Bridging the Digital Divide During the Coronavirus Pandemic

By James K. WillcoxApril 29, 2020177 SHARES Stay-at-home policies have made the web critical for tasks such as schoolwork, applying for unemployment benefits, and consulting with doctors. But millions of Americans lack reliable broadband access. Libraries, schools, and businesses are taking creative steps to expand WiFi networks in underserved neighborhoods. These measures are effective but temporary, […]

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The Distance Learning Gap in California

Today we launched a new report that examines the distance learning gap among K-12 households in CA. This is similar to a previous report which was limited to Los Angeles county. The new report is attached, and the key findings are pasted below. We also built an interactive map that helps visualize the data: http://arcg.is/10mb9T. I would appreciate […]

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Digital divide ‘isolates and endangers’ millions of UK’s poorest

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/28/digital-divide-isolates-and-endangers-millions-of-uk-poorest?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters Charities warn of ‘devastating effect’ as most vulnerable households left without access to web Supported byAbout this content Annie Kelly Tue 28 Apr 2020 13.25 BSTLast modified on Tue 28 Apr 2020 20.05 BST Lockdown is creating a stark digital divide in the UK, with 1.9 million households with no access to the internet and tens of millions […]

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Cyber threats at home: how to keep kids safe while they’re learning online

April 24, 2020 1.00am EDT Authors Paul Haskell-DowlandAssociate Dean (Computing and Security), Edith Cowan University Ismini VasileiouAssociate Professor in Information Systems, De Montfort University Disclosure statement The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant […]

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A new chance to close the digital divide

The coronavirus outbreak shows the depth of phone and broadband problems faced by the most vulnerable people. It’s time for fresh ideas to bridge the gap. By The Editorial BoardUpdated April 26, 2020, 4:00 a.m.8 Susan Morley runs the behavioral health clinic at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, a nonprofit agency that serves poor people in Framingham. When […]

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COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting the Black community. So is the digital divide — and it’s not a coincidence

 By Elizabeth Lindsey / GUEST A Byte Back training course. (Photo by Peter Hershey, Byte Back)This is a guest post by Elizabeth Lindsey, CEO of Byte Back. I’m going to ask a question that will make many of you uncomfortable. Think about the last few people who delivered food to your home or who you saw working at […]