Digital Divide

The Digital Divide is Real—And It’s Sexist

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of November 11-15, 2021 For many, the digital divide is the gap between who has access to broadband infrastructure […]

accessibility

A paved road is just one of the new projects

How 14 Microgrids Set Off a Chain Reaction in a Himalayan Village    JOANNA GOODRICH05 OCT 20214 MIN READ The Lingshed Monastery testing the newly installed 14 solar microgrids, each which power a string of LEDs located in homes and along the streets. PAULA BRONSTEIN    IEEE SMART VILLAGEMICROGRIDSRENEWABLESSOLAR ENERGYSOLAR POWERLINGSHED MONASTERYPOWER GRIDSIEEE NEWS Five years ago, the […]

Benton Foundation

The Facebook Files and the Future of Social Media

 You’re reading the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society’s Weekly Digest, a recap of the biggest (or most overlooked) broadband stories of the week. The digest is delivered via e-mail each Friday. Round-Up for the Week of October 4-8, 2021 We might be tempted to remember this as Mark and the terrible, horrible, no good, […]

Digital Divide

To Close the Digital Divide, Congress Must Also Close the Device Divide

BY JENNA LEVENTOFFOctober 7, 2021 at 5:00 am EThttps://morningconsult.com/opinions/to-close-the-digital-divide-congress-must-also-close-the-device-divide/?utm_source=sendgrid&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters You are probably reading this on your computer, or maybe on your tablet. If so, consider yourself lucky – 1 in 10 people living in this country didn’t have a computer as of 2016. The “device divide” is one of the top reasons why individuals aren’t connected to the […]

Facebook

Facebook’s Outage Was No Laughing Matter Outside the US

https://www.pcmag.com/news/facebooks-outage-was-no-laughing-matter-outside-the-us The memes were plentiful during Facebook’s six-hour outage on Monday, but the downtime left a much bigger dent in places where WhatsApp doesn’t occupy a distant third place in Facebook’s trinity of social apps.  By Rob PegoraroOctober 5, 2021(Photo Illustration by Onur Dogman/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Across the US, it was easy to joke about […]

Facebook

Facebook, Instagram appear to partly reconnect after nearly six-hour outage

By Subrat Patnaik and Eva Mathews 2 minute readhttps://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.483.2_en.html#goog_4412126360 seconds of 0 secondsVolume 0%  Oct 4 (Reuters) – Facebook and Instagram appeared to be partially reconnected to the global internet on Monday afternoon, nearly six hours into an outage that paralyzed the social media platform. Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps went dark at around noon Eastern time, in […]

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Africa internet riches plundered, contested by China broker

https://apnews.com/article/technology-business-africa-china-uganda-5462f03bbd75bf9724a26623295fbf0e KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Outsiders have long profited from Africa’s riches of gold, diamonds, and even people. Digital resources have proven no different. Millions of internet addresses assigned to Africa have been waylaid, some fraudulently, including through insider machinations linked to a former top employee of the nonprofit that assigns the continent’s addresses. Instead of […]

Fellowships

Mozilla Opens Call for Senior Fellows

By Hanan Elmasu | Sept. 23, 2021 | Fellowships & Awards I am thrilled to announce Mozilla’s recruitment for 2022 Senior Fellows!https://foundation.mozilla.org/en/blog/call-for-senior-fellows/ We are looking for issue-area experts to partner with us to achieve our goal of a world where trustworthy AI enriches the lives of human beings, tackling the issues that currently hinder that reality: bias, poor […]

Privacy

Companies are hoarding personal data about you. Here’s how to get them to delete it.

Data deletion is complicated, and some companies mishandle requests. But it doesn’t hurt to ask. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/09/26/ask-company-delete-personal-data/ By Tatum HunterYesterday at 10:00 a.m. EDT In February, Whitney Merrill, a privacy attorney who lives in San Francisco, asked audio-chat company Clubhouse to disclose how many people had shared her name and phone number with the company as part of […]