Hongyun Project – China’s Low-Earth Orbit Broadband Internet Project

By Larry Press Long March 11 rocket and Hongyun-1 satellite (source).It might be tempting to dismiss this effort as small and behind the broadband satellite projects of companies like SpaceX, OneWeb and Telesat, but that would be a mistake. Last December, State-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) launched the first experimental Hongyun (rainbow cloud) Project […]

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Digital gap between rural and nonrural America persists

Andrew Perrin  |  Research  |  Pew Research Center Rural Americans have made large gains in adopting digital technology over the past decade, but they generally remain less likely than urban or suburban adults to have home broadband or own a smartphone. Roughly two-thirds of rural Americans (63%) say they have a broadband internet connection at home, up from about […]

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2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability

Check out the findings of the 2019 Ranking Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index, which evaluates 24 of the world’s most powerful internet, mobile, and telecommunications companies on their disclosed commitments and policies affecting freedom of expression and privacy of internet users across the world. Notably, Microsoft ranks number one on the index for disclosing more […]


FCC broadband report ignores affordability issue

by Angela Siefer | May 30, 2019 | Digital Inclusion News, Policy Positions The Federal Communication Commission’s 2019 Broadband Deployment Report was finally released on May 29, after months of delay to correct serious errors in its initial data. Even with those errors partially corrected, the new report’s findings have been called “fundamentally at odds with reality” by Commissioner Starks, while Commissioner Rosenworcel has said the […]

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Our Shared Future: Autonomous and Intelligent Systems to Advance Sustainable Development

By Elizabeth D. Gibbons THE INSTITUTEThe challenges of ethical development and the deployment of autonomous and intelligent systems (A/IS) are so broad and complex that no one organization could possibly facilitate all the necessary conversations or tangible outputs. IEEE is one of several organizations around the world working in a network-of-networks effort to increase understanding of […]


Accessibility doesn’t start with a website. It starts with digital equity

 By Yvette Scorse  A Byte Back training course. (Photo by Peter Hershey, Byte Back) This guest post is a part of’s Accessibility month of our editorial calendar. When we say “accessibility,” many of us think about adding keyboard navigation, high color contrast, and alt text to a website. But the reality is, even with accessibility features, your website is still inaccessible […]