March 2011

Members of the Broadband Opportunity Coalition: How NCLR is Promoting Broadband Adoption

March 31, 2011

Tweet This article continues our series on BBOC member organizations. Look for more over the next few weeks! Through the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC) and partnering with One Economy, the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is helping to tackle the 14-percentage point gap in home broadband adoption between White and Hispanic households that exists […]

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National Education Month: Embracing Educational Technology

March 29, 2011

Tweet In its National Broadband Plan, the Federal Communications Commission included as one of its primary goals the expansion of robust broadband connections into every public school and library in the country. Earlier this month, in furtherance of these goals, President Obama spoke at TechBoston, a pilot public school in Boston, in support of what […]

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In Japan, A Wired-up Nation Stays in Touch

March 27, 2011

Tweet The Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported last week that the region around Tokyo is suffering from rolling blackouts as the nation’s electrical grid struggles to recover from damage caused by the earthquake, the tsunami, and the nuclear crisis. “The power outages, imposed by the region’s power utilities,” the newspaper said in an editorial calling […]

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Why Online Privacy Matters

March 24, 2011

Tweet Every time we go online, an array of companies learn something about us. Search engines, for example, sell ads based on search queries and history, which, in the aggregate, paint a fairly accurate picture of who we are (e.g., age, race, and gender), what we do, where we live, and what our interests are. […]

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Why Every Child Should Have a Computer at an Early Age

March 22, 2011

Tweet In 2007, Sixty Minutes aired a segment entitled, “What if every child had a laptop?” The segment featured a professor at MIT, Nicholas Negroponte, who founded a non-profit organization called “One Laptop Per Child.” Negroponte assembled a team of tech-savvy engineers to design low-cost computers specifically for poor children and now works to fulfill […]

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Taxing Digital Goods: We Need a National Framework

March 20, 2011

Tweet The move is on by state lawmakers across the country to balance their budgets, and the task is proving formidable. In state after state, tax revenues continue to drain away, and after several years of cuts, all of the easy decisions are long gone. The temptation is strong to find new sources of revenue. […]

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5 Essential Ways to Protect Yourself on Facebook

March 17, 2011

Tweet I admit it. I’m slightly addicted to logging in to Facebook. I love the ability to reconnect with old friends and learn more about new ones, to take a glimpse into their lives and give them an opportunity to learn a bit more about me. But with that openness comes certain risks and privacy […]

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Startling Minority Employment Gap in High Tech Sector

March 15, 2011

Tweet The composition of the workforces at America’s leading high tech companies leaves much to be desired. This became glaringly evident after the San Jose Mercury News published an article last year that revealed just how few minorities are employed by tech companies in Silicon Valley, our country’s leading high-tech hub: African Americans and Hispanics […]

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Winning the Future: Empowering Women with Broadband

March 13, 2011

Tweet My Blackberry helps me to manage my world. Sometimes I feel like I am at the center of a universe that is spinning wildly, ready to fling apart at any moment. My Blackberry is my source of gravity, a magic pull that holds together this spiraling energy. If you’re a woman, you know what […]

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Connecting Across Generations: One Size Will Not Fit All

March 10, 2011

Tweet Technology is rapidly becoming an integral part of life across every generation. The Pew Internet & American Life Project recently reported that the vast majority (90 percent) of Americans now own a cell phone, while significant numbers also own either a laptop or desktop computer (70 and 57 percent, respectively). Younger adults (those under […]

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