Pakistan bans TikTok for failing to filter ‘immoral’ content

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Pakistan bans TikTok for failing to filter 'immoral' content

October 10, 2020 Video-sharing platform TikTok is now blocked in Pakistan after the country’s authorities ordered it to filter its “obscene” content. The decision comes a month after a similar crackdown on dating apps, including Tinder. Pakistan has banned video-sharing platform TikTok in the country after a “number of complaints from different segments of the […]

Can the internet reinvigorate conservation?

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Can the internet reinvigorate conservation?

By Richard Ladle, Paul Jepson & Ricardo Correia Nature conservation was one of the defining cultural forces of the 21st century but there are indications that its influence is waning: research suggests protected areas are under pressure to justify their existence in the face of competition with other land uses and that societies as a whole are becoming less interested in […]

Google Loon Is Now Beaming WiFi Down to Earth From Giant Balloons

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Google Loon Is Now Beaming WiFi Down to Earth From Giant Balloons

By Vanessa Bates Ramirez Jul 12, 2020 Four years ago, three big tech companies had plans in the works to beam internet down to Earth from the sky, and each scenario sounded wilder than the next. SpaceX requested permission to launch 4,425 satellites into orbit to create a global internet hotspot. Facebook wanted to use solar-powered drones […]

Online learning during COVID-19: Situation and best practices

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Online learning during COVID-19: Situation and best practices

by Moreen Nkonge, APHRCJune 2, 2020 Following the eruption of the COVID–19 pandemic in December 2019, various containment measures have been devised by different countries around the world in a bid to halt the spread of the virus. Arguably, the containment measure that has had the greatest impact on education has been the closure of […]

Churches are an unlikely ally in solving the rural internet access puzzle

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Churches are an unlikely ally in solving the rural internet access puzzle

By Liora Engel-SmithMay 21, 2020 Bridgette Diaz can’t use her cell phone without Wi-Fi. Her cellular carrier does not cover Robbinsville, the tiny mountain town where she has made her home. Diaz doesn’t have an internet connection either. Robbinsville, the Graham County seat, is situated in a four-county pocket with some of the worst broadband adoption […]

What is disconnection? What is digital inequity?

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What is disconnection? What is digital inequity?

by Eye On Ohio Staff, Eye on OhioFebruary 25, 2020 Ohio’s digital divide hurts those who can’t afford high-speed internet Computer trainer and former library aide Shenee King has a bird’s eye view when it comes to digital inequity.  She’s seen students fail assignments because they lack a home computer — and the assignment is […]

Reaching rural America with Broadband Internet Service

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Reaching rural America with Broadband Internet Service

by Sharon Strover, 100 Days in AppalachiaFebruary 14, 2018 To wire, or not to wire? That is the question many are asking when figuring out how to get broadband to the farthest reaches of the country. All across the U.S., rural communities’ residents are being left out of modern society and the 21st century economy. […]

The Shift to Online Health Care May Leave Foreign-Born Latinos Behind, Study Says

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The Shift to Online Health Care May Leave Foreign-Born Latinos Behind, Study Says

by Hannah Guzik, California Health ReportAugust 8, 2016 Health information is increasingly disseminated online, but Latinos who emigrated to the U.S. may have trouble accessing it, resulting in a health care gap, a new study reports. Researchers found that 53.4 percent of Latinos in California who use the Internet looked for health information online. About […]

Technology Feels Like It’s Accelerating — Because It Actually Is

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Technology Feels Like It’s Accelerating — Because It Actually Is

By Alison E. Berman and Jason Dorrier -Mar 22, 2016 “Technology goes beyond mere tool making; it is a process of creating ever more powerful technology using the tools from the previous round of innovation.” –Ray Kurzweil A decade ago, smartphones (as we know them by today’s standards) didn’t exist. Three decades earlier, no one even owned a computer. Think about […]

Adapting to electronic health records, but not without challenges

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Adapting to electronic health records, but not without challenges

by Robert Fulton, California Health ReportSeptember 11, 2013 When the South Central Family Health Center adopted electronic health records last year, physician David Noya was keenly aware of the need to not get too engrossed with note taking and maintain a connection with the patient sitting in front of him. “I always keep myself in […]