Mass layoffs begin in cities and states amid coronavirus fallout, threatening education, sanitation, health and safety

Millions of municipal workers could find themselves out of a job or without pay, according to local leaders, who say programs would fall into disarray unless Washington intervenes By Tony Romm April 29, 2020 at 6:02 a.m. EDT In Michigan, some unstaffed highway rest stops are shuttered. In Santa Barbara, Calif., local librarians are out of a […]

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Digital divide ‘isolates and endangers’ millions of UK’s poorest Charities warn of ‘devastating effect’ as most vulnerable households left without access to web Supported byAbout this content Annie Kelly Tue 28 Apr 2020 13.25 BSTLast modified on Tue 28 Apr 2020 20.05 BST Lockdown is creating a stark digital divide in the UK, with 1.9 million households with no access to the internet and tens of millions […]


Panel: Information Inequity and Other Fault Lines Revealed by the Pandemic

Information Inequity and Other Fault Lines Revealed by the PandemicWednesday, April 29 Time , 4:00pm – 5:00pm The epidemic revealed what many of us have been working against for decades: the most vulnerable among us are disproportionately impacted by inequitable access to information. This online panel discussion will center those in our communities who are […]

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NHS rejects Apple-Google coronavirus app plan

By Leo KelionTechnology desk editor The UK’s coronavirus contact-tracing app is set to use a different model to the one proposed by Apple and Google, despite concerns raised about privacy and performance. The NHS says it has a way to make the software work “sufficiently well” on iPhones without users having to keep it active […]



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Agonizing Over Screen Time? Follow the Three C’s

Parents can let down their guard a bit. What matters is child, content and context. By Erika R. Cheng and Tracey A. Wilkinson It’s 8 a.m. as the two of us sign on to Zoom to discuss this article. Various Disney musicals blare in the backgrounds of both sides of our conversation as we sip our coffees and […]

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Cyber threats at home: how to keep kids safe while they’re learning online

April 24, 2020 1.00am EDT Authors Paul Haskell-DowlandAssociate Dean (Computing and Security), Edith Cowan University Ismini VasileiouAssociate Professor in Information Systems, De Montfort University Disclosure statement The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant […]

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A new chance to close the digital divide

The coronavirus outbreak shows the depth of phone and broadband problems faced by the most vulnerable people. It’s time for fresh ideas to bridge the gap. By The Editorial BoardUpdated April 26, 2020, 4:00 a.m.8 Susan Morley runs the behavioral health clinic at the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, a nonprofit agency that serves poor people in Framingham. When […]

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Google and Facebook should compensate news outlets. The devil is in the details as to how

Sean Speer: The French and Australian decisions on Google and Facebook will invariably make their way to Canada. We shouldn’t resist it National Post Sean Speer April 24, 20206:00 AM EDT One of the big and evolving questions prior to the COVID-19 crisis was the regulation of Google and Facebook. There’s a growing view in […]


Zoom’s Biggest Rivals Are Coming for It

By Mike Isaac and Sheera Frenkel SAN FRANCISCO — As people turned in droves to the video chatting app Zoom in recent weeks, the buzz caught Facebook’s attention. Inside the social network, that immediately set off a scramble. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, ordered employees to ramp up and focus on the company’s own video chat projects, especially as use […]