The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred governments in Latin America to implement laws and initatives to boost internet access and get more people online.

* COVID-19 spurs governments to bridge digital divide

* New laws declare the internet as an essential service

* Expanding internet access to include lowering costs

By Anastasia Moloney and Fabio Teixeira

BOGOTA/RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – H uddled over a red tablet on loan from their school, Mercedes Ortiz’ two children study from their home in a hillside slum outside Bogota – a novelty for the family after several COVID-19 lockdowns without

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* COVID-19 spurs governments to bridge digital divide

* New laws declare the internet as an essential service

* Expanding internet access to include lowering costs

By Anastasia Moloney and Fabio Teixeira

BOGOTA/RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – H uddled over a red tablet on loan from their school, Mercedes Ortiz’ two children study from their home in a hillside slum outside Bogota – a novelty for the family

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T-Mobile US on Monday acknowledged a data breach but said it was yet to find if any customer information has been compromised, a day after an online forum alleged that personal data of more than 100 million of its users was leaked.

The telecom operator said in a blog post that it was confident the entry point used to access the data had been closed. It did not confirm the number of affected records.

“We are conducting an extensive analysis alongside digital forensic experts to understand the validity of these claims, and we are coordinating with law enforcement,” the company

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As COVID-19 coursed through countries, governments responded with lockdowns that drove people towards digital marketplaces. Globally, digital adoption escalated by five years in merely two months in 2020. India has set a target of reaching a US $1 trillion digital economy by 2025, a five fold growth from the US $200 million in 2017–18.

Yet, while COVID-19 propelled a 500 percent increase in tele-health consultations, a structural shift towards online shopping with e-retail reaching 95 percent of Indian districts, and digital payments touching the 100 million transactions per day mark, it amplified another trend: The gendered digital divide.

Bangladesh’s gender

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As the start of the school year approaches, City of Dallas leaders want to make sure there’s enough being done to bridge the digital divide for students.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for equitable internet access across the city.

And with worries of the highly contagious delta variant could lead to more online learning, city officials are reevaluating their Broadband & Digital Equity Strategic Plan.

“Bridging the digital divide in the city is a priority,” Liz Cedillo-Pereira, the city’s chief of equity and inclusion told the city council this week.

Cedillo-Pereira and her team gave the council an update

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Amazon has warned a big change is coming to some of its oldest cellular-enabled Kindle e-readers. From December 2021, some Kindles will no longer be able to use the cellular capabilities, potentially robbing them of connectivity entirely. It’s not Amazon’s fault though, but is due to carriers switching over solely to newer 4G and 5G networks, leaving behind the 2G and 3G connections used by the old Kindle e-readers.

It’s a move that’s been long telegraphed, but you may not have heard much about it until now, as most smartphones currently sold today use 4G or 5G, and upgrade offers

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