Covid-19 Digital Divide

Coronavirus Sparks New Interest in Bridging Digital Divides

Advocates and government staffers in the broadband and digital equity space say there is a renewed interest in supporting their work, with shelter-at-home orders emphasizing the need to bridge digital divides.BY ZACK QUAINTANCE / APRIL 6, 2020SHUTTERSTOCK/PIOTR ZAJDA Maine lawmakers recently approved a bond package with $15 million to expand broadband in the state, by a lopsided vote […]

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Facebook begins sharing more location data with COVID-19 researchers and asks users to self-report symptoms

The company’s Data for Good program is expandingBy Casey [email protected]  Apr 6, 2020, 3:00pm EDT Facebook is expanding a program that grants researchers access to data about movement patterns in an effort to help improve our understanding of the spread of COVID-19, the company said today. Data for Good, which uses aggregated, anonymized data from Facebook’s apps to […]


Keeping everyone and everything connected: How temporary access to spectrum can ease congestion during the COVID-19 crisis

Tuesday 31 March, 2020 In the wake of the social restrictions in place to help manage the threat of COVID-19, billions of people worldwide are relying on mobile access as family interactions, socialising and work activities move online. While the world shuts down normal activities to limit the spread of COVID-19, schools, businesses and day-to-day […]

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In coronavirus fight, oft-criticized Facebook data aids U.S. cities, states

Katie Paul, Joseph Menn, Paresh Dave SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Infectious disease researchers are using Facebook Inc mobile location data to provide daily updates to U.S. cities and states evaluating the effectiveness of social distancing orders aimed at slowing the novel coronavirus.A graph based on Facebook location data shared with health officials in New York City, showing […]

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Cisco’s Webex draws record 324 million users in March

Supantha Mukherjee (Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc’s video-conferencing app Webex registered a record 324 million attendees in March, with usage more than doubling in the Americas, as the coronavirus-led lockdowns forced businesses to have employees work from home. Webex and rival meeting platforms from Zoom and Microsoft Corp’s Teams are being used worldwide to host […]

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Here’s why some Canadian internet providers have hiked prices despite coronavirus

BY DAVID PADDON THE CANADIAN PRESS Posted April 3, 2020 5:17 pmUpdated April 3, 2020 5:26 pm Amid the workplace disruptions, household distractions and widespread unemployment brought by the COVID-19 crisis, it couldn’t be a worse time for consumers to face an internet price increase. But some of Canada’s small and mid-sized internet service providers, and their national industry association, […]


Zoom Cryptography and Authentication Problems

By Steven Bellovin In my last blog post about Zoom, I noted that the company says “that critics have misunderstood how they do encryption.” New research from Citizen Lab show that not only were the critics correct, Zoom’s design shows that they’re completely ignorant about encryption. When companies roll their own crypto, I expect it to have flaws. I don’t expect those […]

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New North-South issues in the digital economy

Cédric Leterme English français The production, development and dissemination of digital technologies are raising concerns – political, economic, and environmental – that are increasingly being debated. However, their consequences on North-South relations are still too often ignored. Yet they run the risk of deepening inequalities, while creating new forms of dependence and exploitation. “Platform capitalism” […]

Covid-19 Cyberattacks

Hacker ‘ceasefire’ gets little traction as pandemic fuels attacks

Published 2 days ago  on April 3, 2020 ByAgence France-PresseFacebookTwitterFlipboardCopy LinkEmail Internet users have seen a surge in COVID-related cyberattacks and fraud schemes which could add to the misery of the pandemic, even as some hackers have called for dialing back their criminal efforts. A deluge of attacks has included phishing emails purported to be from health […]


Tips to Make Your Zoom Gatherings More Private

BY KAILI LAMBE | APRIL 3, 2020 | ADVOCACY Chances are you’ve received an invitation in recent days to join a virtual gathering using the Zoom platform. And as millions of people have started working, socializing and exercising on a platform originally intended as an enterprise tool, lots of questions about Zoom’s privacy and security have […]