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Mobile Broadband Puts More Youth, Women Online

Posted August 11th, 2017 at 11:35 am (UTC-4)
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A new generation of young people is dominating internet use around the world, thanks to the increased availability of mobile broadband. And their sheer numbers are helping close digital gender gaps along the way. Global youth “are embracing the emerging technologies, they are using social media, and that is a game-changer in itself,” said Cosmas […]

Poverty & the Internet; Adobe Flash; Hacking Team Domino Effect

Posted July 15th, 2015 at 3:10 pm (UTC-4)
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Today’s Tech Sightings: Poverty, More Than Geography, Determines Who Gets Online in America A new map of the digital divide in the United States, released by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, reveals that 80 percent to 90 percent of households in the most affluent sectors are connected to the Internet, while the percentage […]

2014: A Wearable, Heartbleed, Sony-esque Kind of Year

Posted January 2nd, 2015 at 2:00 pm (UTC-4)
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2014 saw Artificial Intelligence, 3-D printing and wearable technology expanding into new areas and new gadgets. It marked a turning point with increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. It was a year of upheaval that cast doubt on the viability of cryptocurrencies even as new methods of digital payments were born. And 2014 continued the lack of diversity […]

Africa’s Solar-Powered Internet Schools Bridge Digital Divide

Posted June 20th, 2014 at 2:10 pm (UTC-4)

Looking to the skies, Google and Facebook are harnessing solar energy to launch fleets of balloons, drones and satellites to connect the world to the Internet. But another tech company has taken a different path, using the sun’s ubiquitous – and free – energy to power new opportunities in health and education in Africa. As […]

Wi-Fi Solutions Fill Basic Gaps for Developing World

Posted November 29th, 2013 at 2:20 pm (UTC-4)
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A host of governments, United Nations agencies and tech companies, including Google, are working on projects aimed at providing developing countries with low-cost broadband Internet connectivity.   Google estimates that two-thirds of the world’s population lacks fast, affordable Internet access. To bridge the gap, the company has been experimenting with Wi-Fi-beaming balloons.   “Project Loon […]