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Internet Society Foundation Announces Second Round of Emergency Response Grants

Internet Society Foundation Announces Second Round of Emergency Response GrantsContinued focus will be on COVID-19 with grants ranging from US$250,000-$500,000 March 02, 2021 09:04 AM Eastern Standard TimeRESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Internet Society Foundation has launched a second round of COVID-19 grant funding through its Emergency Response grant programme. The grants are aimed at projects that […]

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Online Learning Guidelines Issued to Help Protect Student Privacy and Reduce Data Breaches in Schools

September 16, 2020 | 3:20 PM GMT+0800 Last Edit: September 17, 2020 Before webcam-supported online discussions are recorded, schools must consider getting the consent of the parent or legal guardian of students below 18 years old, according to guidelines that a group of public and private universities and colleges across the country has issued. The presence […]

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New Survey: Majority of Teens Say Online Learning Is Worse Than In-Person, but Only 19% Think School Should Return to Full In-Person Instruction

Teens Say They Learn Better in Person and Worry About Falling Behind but Have Little Confidence Their Schools Will Keep Them Safe from the CoronavirusCommon Sense MediaTuesday, September 15, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO, September 16, 2020—A new poll released by Common Sense/SurveyMonkey shows that teens are taking the coronavirus more seriously than some may think. Despite 59% of […]

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Inequality in broadband access jeopardizes the mental health & well-being of communities coping with COVID-19.

Sep 9, 2020 | Blog Entry, COVID-19, News By: Amber O’Brien  Amber O’Brien is earning her master’s degree in Psychological Science at Texas Woman’s University, researching biological and social factors of anxiety and depression, with an emphasis on health inequities. Mental health is threatened by the ongoing pandemic, and many may be facing anxiety and depression for the first […]


Contact tracing apps need to ensure they are used for stated purpose only: UNIGF Secretariat Head

Privacy is an important policy aspect of contact-tracing apps being developed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it needs to be ensured that these apps are used for their stated purpose only, United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Secretariat Head Chengetai Masango said on Monday. PTI June 29, 2020, 20:17 IST New Delhi: […]

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How the US’ massive failure to close digital divide got exposed by coronavirus

By Will Carless / June 22, 2020 It’s a normal lockdown morning for Alexis and his 9-year-old daughter, Eva. They’re huddled in front of Alexis’ cellphone and a laptop. Father and daughter urge the two machines to forge a decent connection and deliver the internet to the laptop. “Waiting and waiting and waiting,” Eva says.  “It’s very slow,” […]

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The digital divide in times of pandemic

The Cellular Operators Association of India shows that the average data consumption has increased by 30 percent as a result of the lockdownBy TPT Bureau | Agencies -May 21, 20200 As nationwide lockdowns have constrained and minimized the physical mobility and interactions of people, the virtual world has gained greater prominence in our everyday life. Stringent measures leading to […]

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Megacity Slums Incubate Disease – But the Coronavirus Response Isn’t Helping the Billion People Who Live in Them

CONTRIBUTOR: THE CONVERSATION Having ravaged some of the world’s wealthiest cities, the coronavirus pandemic is now spreading into the megacities of developing countries. Sprawling urban areas in Brazil, Nigeria and Bangladesh are all seeing COVID-19 infections rise rapidly. We study the fragility and resilience of such cities and their urban peripheries, with the aim of encouraging data-driven policy decisions. Given its deadly trajectory in marginalized communities of hard-hit New […]

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Data Protection During a Pandemic – African DPAs Respond

Amanda Manyame Tech Law and Policy Advisor LinkedIn Profile In an attempt to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, governments are using citizens’ personal data by collecting health data and contact information of people suspected to have been infected by the virus. This has led to countries adopting contact tracing measures which involve the surveillance of citizens […]


Quarantine fatigue has well and truly set in – and that could spell trouble

Arwa Mahdawi In some US states, bars are already packed again and you can even get your nails done. Will lockdown boredom lead to a dreaded second wave? Wed 20 May 2020 07.00 BST Coronavirus is officially cancelled: the US is bored of it, so it is over. That is what it feels like, anyway. In Wisconsin, bars […]