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Internet2’s Community Anchor Program Profiles How Educators are Using Their Classroom Connections to Transform Learning

Apr 17, 2020, by Stephanie StenbergTags: Community Anchor Program, Frontpage News From a librarian using virtual reality to a third-grade teacher connecting her classroom with students from Wales and Ghana, educators everywhere are taking advantage of their internet connection to encourage learning in ways never before thought possible. The Internet2 Community Anchor Program (CAP) set out to tell […]

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COVID-19 and the Distance Learning Gap

Project: Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) Published on April 19, 2020 by Hernan Galperin As schools across the country transition to distance learning due to the COVID-19 crisis, a new Connected Communities and Inclusive Growth (CCIG) report documents the extent of the distance learning gap in Los Angeles County. The distance learning gap refers to the gap between […]

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Determinants of mobile broadband use in developing economies: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Download page https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/telecommunications-policy/vol/44/issue/5 Author links open overlay panelMaudeHasbiaAntoineDubusbShow morehttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2020.101944Get rights and content Highlights •The ownership of a SIM card is an important driver of mobile broadband use. Positive correlation between financial inclusion and mobile broadband use. Determinants of mobile broadband use depend on countries specificities.• Non-mobile owners being unemployed more likely to use mobile Internet […]

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Italy’s Education Must Go On(line)

https://www.newamerica.org/weekly/italys-education-must-go-online/?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters WEEKLY ARTICLE federico neri / Shutterstock.com By   Fabio Murgia April 14, 2020 With more than 21,000 victims, Italy has the second-highest coronavirus death toll in the world. The crisis has prompted the Italian government to adopt strict measures to prevent further spread of the virus—including freezing the entire Italian school system. As a result, 8.4 million students […]

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Internet service in western Colorado was so terrible that towns and counties built their own telecom

The new 481-mile rural Project Thor network is complete — and run by a regional government council. It’s the opposite of what a state law intended 15 years ago PUBLISHED ONAPR 16, 2020 5:05AM The Colorado Sun — [email protected] Tech+Business+EconomySee more Internet outages became a distant memory this month as a good chunk of western Colorado turned […]

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Closed libraries are offering parking lot Wi-Fi, e-books, and Zoom story time

04-15-20 7:00 AM Even when shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, libraries are coming up with creative ways to serve their communities. BY STEVEN MELENDEZ On March 16, the El Dorado County Library in California closed its doors to patrons after a state-wide stay-at-home order. But that hasn’t stopped the library, which serves nearly 100,000 cardholders, from […]

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The Virus Revealed Our Essential Tech (and Weeded Out the Excess)

TECH FIX A computer with a good internet connection, communication apps and entertainment are the only tech we really need, ever. By Brian X. Chen It has been weeks since the coronavirus brought our lives to a halt, shutting down our schools, offices and gyms. Stuck at home, we have had nothing but time to reflect on the […]

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US’s digital divide ‘is going to kill people’ as Covid-19 exposes inequalities

Exclusive research shows drop in connectivity is impacting rural and urban areas with populations already underserved by the medical system or racked with poverty Amanda Holpuch in New York @holpuch Mon 13 Apr 2020 13.08 BSTLast modified on Mon 13 Apr 2020 13.09 BST Shares335 The Covid-19 crisis is exposing how the cracks in the US’s creaking digital infrastructure are potentially […]

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We’re on the Brink of Cyberpunk

It’s not just the technology, surveillance, and dystopian vibes—it’s the culmination of decades of deliberate governmental erosion. By KELSEY D. ATHERTONAPRIL 08, 20209:00 AM Recently in Future Tense Where is the president in Blade Runner? Beneath the 1982 neo-noir’s trappings of genetically engineered human automatons is a story about corporate power over and indifference to life, alienation in […]

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COVID-19: Emerging technologies are now critical infrastructure – what that means for governance

10 Apr 2020 Kimmy Bettinger, Emerging technologies are propping up our daily lives under lockdown. Such tools must be considered as essential infrastructure, revealing opportunities for governance. Under COVID-19, emerging technologies are propping up our daily lives. Connected devices enable both education and remote work. Chatbots provide life-saving information and relieve overwhelmed health systems. Location […]