June 2012

Digital Literacy Beyond Social Networking

June 29, 2012

Tweet At its core, digital literacy refers to the ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and analyze information using new information and communications technology. Possessing digital literacy skills entails a working knowledge of current advanced technologies and, more importantly, a substantive understanding of how broadband-enabled tools can be used to enhance one’s life. For the […]

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Black Religious Broadcasters Unhappy with Proposed FCC Changes

June 27, 2012

Tweet Media reports have been circulating that the Federal Communications Commission is considering getting rid of its “viewability” rule. Under current rules, cable companies must provide analog and digital versions of broadcasts from must carry stations. A must carry station is a commercial or noncommercial television broadcast station that demands that a cable company carry […]

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Disregarded: Has the U.S. Forgotten Its Responsibility to Bring Puerto Rico into the 21st Century?

June 24, 2012

Tweet Though many appear to have forgotten, the U.S. has distinct duties to Puerto Rico and its other territories and Native American tribal lands.  By definition, Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States and an organized unincorporated territory.  This means that the island is not a part of U.S. proper, but is controlled […]

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Don’t Let The Media Solve Your Mysteries

June 22, 2012

Tweet Julia Bluhm is a 14-year-old blogger who recently received widespread attention when she staged a nationwide protest against Seventeen Magazine for the images they portrayed to young girls.  Today, Bluhm shares her perspectives on the media and how it affects perceptions and perpetuates stereotypes. As a little girl, I wore Lands’ End clothes; I […]

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Obama Administration Wants to Make Broadband Deployment Less Costly

June 20, 2012

Tweet President Barack Obama has signed an executive order that would make the deployment of broadband facilities less costly for broadband providers. According to the White House, currently, the cost for deploying broadband through federal property varies depending on which agency is responsible for a property’s management. Because a significant number of areas throughout the […]

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Microsoft’s Model Program Makes Business Case for Diversity in Legal Profession and Tech Industry One Law Firm at a Time

June 18, 2012

Tweet Boosting employment diversity seems like a difficult feat for our nation’s rapidly growing technology industry and noble law profession. With minorities representing 35 percent of the country’s population, at 12.7 percent, the representation of minority attorneys and African American and Latino tech industry workers is more than 23 percentage points below that of the […]

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Broadband Initiatives Show Obama Knows How to Work With Businesses

June 15, 2012

Tweet For all the carping from political foes about President Obama’s supposed disdain for the business community, some recent White House initiatives designed to boost broadband suggest the President has a pretty good idea about how to work with American companies. With an Executive Order on June 14, the President took aim at a critical […]

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Public Knowledge and Others Urge FCC to Prevent State, Local Cell Shutdowns

June 13, 2012

Tweet On May 30, MMTC, Public Knowledge, and seven other national organizations filed joint comments with the FCC. Sherwin Siy, deputy legal director of Public Knowledge, posted the following article on the organization’s policy blog. Today, we filed comments with a number of other public interest groups urging the FCC to issue rules that would […]

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Technological Innovation and the Rise and Spread of the New Gadget-ocracy: iPads, Google Glasses, Tablets, iPhones, e-Readers…and Our Standard of Life

June 10, 2012

Tweet Part II The past decade and a half has ushered in an era of exponential strides forward in technology.  Just twelve years separates the release of the first-generation iPod mP3 player and the release of the revolutionary iPad tablet.  The new heights reached through massive tech companies and subsequent economies of scale have allowed […]

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Disney and Michelle Obama Team Up to Encourage Kids to Lead Healthier Lifestyles at Magic of Healthy Living Announcement

June 8, 2012

Tweet This week, Disney teamed up with First Lady Michelle Obama to announce its new standards for food advertising on programming targeting kids and families through its Magic of Healthy Living campaign. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16.9 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 are obese, with […]

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