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59% of U.S. parents with lower incomes say their child may face digital obstacles in schoolwork

BY EMILY A. VOGELS Communities across the United States are facing challenges of remote learning as K-12 schools have shifted to online classes or been forced to go remote after students or staff tested positive for COVID-19 early in the term. Many of these schools faced similar problems in the spring. A new analysis of Pew Research Center data collected in early April finds that 59% of parents with lower […]

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COVID-19 lockdowns expose the digital have-nots in rural areas – here’s which policies can get them connected

September 2, 2020 8.24am EDT Authors Brian WhitacreProfessor and Neustadt Chair in Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University Roberto GallardoDirector of the Purdue Center for Regional Development, Purdue University Disclosure statement Brian Whitacre receives funding from USDA Rural Utilities Service, USDA Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Regional Rural Development Centers, Institute […]

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17 Million Students Lack Home Internet. With No Relief From Congress in Sight, Schools Deploy an Awkward Mix of Buses, Mobile Hotspots to Get Them Online

(Central Kitsap School District) Distance learning starts in two weeks in Washington’s Central Kitsap School District, and Debbie Bryan, director of information services and technology, still isn’t sure how she’s going to connect students in some of the district’s more remote areas to the internet. It’s not for a lack of technology, she explained: The […]

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Is the US about to split the internet?

By James ClaytonNorth America technology reporter 7 August 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants a “clean” internet. What he means by that is he wants to remove Chinese influence, and Chinese companies, from the internet in the US. But critics believe this will bolster a worrying movement towards the breaking up […]

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Millions of Americans Depend on Libraries for Internet. Now They’re Closed

Coronavirus From big cities to tiny towns, librarians are getting scrappy to meet the needBy Lauren KirchnerJune 25, 2020 10:00 ET A sign displayed on the lawn of West Dennis Library in Massachusetts, on March 18.John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe/Getty Images Copy LinkCopied!Republish On a typical afternoon in The Before Times, the Cherokee Public Library in Cherokee, Iowa […]

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Solarium Report Eclipsed By Pandemic

Published on March 20, 2020 Dale Peterson A Ebook version of the full reporthttp://online.fliphtml5.com/gnel/amqq/ The long awaited U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission Report came out and received very little attention given more pressing pandemic events. And this is a good thing. I’ll provide some critique and then, to be fair, provide my two-part prescription for this difficult question. […]

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CHAIRMAN PAI LAUNCHES THE KEEP AMERICANS CONNECTED PLEDGE

Press Release CHAIRMAN PAI LAUNCHES THE KEEP AMERICANS CONNECTED PLEDGEPai Calls on Broadband and Telephone Service Providers to Promote Connectivity for Americans Impacted by the Disruptions Caused by the Coronavirus PandemicWASHINGTON, March 13, 2020—Yesterday, in multiple phone calls with broadband and telephone service providers and trade associations, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai emphasized the importance […]

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Lack of Broadband Leaves Students Behind

Michigan State University’s Quello Center reported this week that middle and high school students with high-speed Internet access at home have more digital skills, higher grades, and perform better on standardized tests, such as the SAT. Regardless of socioeconomic status, students who cannot access the Internet from home or are dependent on a cell phone for Internet access […]

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US internet bill seen as opening shot against end-to-end encryption

Platforms would lose legal cover if they fail to follow ‘best practice’ to prevent child abuse Alex Hern @alexhern Fri 6 Mar 2020 17.02 GMTLast modified on Fri 6 Mar 2020 17.07 GMT US senators have proposed a new law which would make key legal protections that online platforms rely on contingent on those platforms adopting specific practices related to […]

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Tackling the Tribal Digital Divide

A nonprofit helps Native communities build and operate their own broadband networks. MARCH 2020 READING TIME 7 MIN STEADY NOW: Maka‘awa‘awa, Matt Rantanen, Triggs and Darrah Blackwater help the Nation of Hawai‘i set up a community broadband network. Photo: Christopher MitchellFacebook – share an article. Opens in new window.Twitter – share an article. Opens in new window. […]