Tag: Digital

Using the FCC Speed Test app could help close the digital divide

It’s time to test your internet speed for the greater good.

The FCC is asking the public for help in the agency’s efforts to accurately map broadband availability and speeds across the country. An easy way to support the cause? Download the FCC Speed Test app, available on iOS and Android

When you open the app, you’ll see how fast your download and upload speeds are, as well as other metrics that reflect the speed and strength of your internet connection for both mobile and in-home networks. The FCC will also receive that (anonymized) information to help them compile

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China’s antitrust push forces digital reinvention

Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of China’s Alibaba Group, speaks in front of a picture of SoftBank’s human-like robot named ‘pepper’ during a news conference in Chiba, Japan, June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/File Photo

What’s left for Chinese internet companies deprived of the ability to leverage user data, offer subsidies or abuse market dominance? Days after fining Alibaba (9988.HK) a record $2.8 billion for anti-competitive behaviour, the antitrust watchdog has sent an ultimatum to dozens more, giving them a month to rectify behaviour and warning of severe consequences. Some companies can change easily. Others will have to find new

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Our digital futures: Rights, pluralism, or tech determinism?

It is a moment of awakening, as we are still suffering a pandemic that made “digital” the daily real — exposing divides and flaws, glitches and abuse of power from tech companies, and discriminatory designs and authoritarian uses of apps and tracking systems.

The moment for a Tech New Deal is now 

“The genie may seem to have come out of the bottle, but the Internet has surprised us many times.” — Tim Berners–Lee, Web Inventor (2018)

When the US suffered terrorist attacks in New York back in 2001, only five percent of the global population was connected to the

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The American Jobs Plan Is the Wrong Solution to the Digital Divide

Executive Summary

  • The Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan (AJP) includes a proposed $100 billion investment to ensure every American has access to high-speed internet.
  • The AJP emphasizes municipal broadband, implies a movement toward price controls, and is marked by one-size-fits-all solutions, all of which could deter investment in infrastructure, drive out competition, and ultimately harm consumers.
  • To truly “future proof” our internet infrastructure and expand access to high-speed internet, policymakers should also continue the light-touch regulatory approach that embraces private-sector leadership and emerging technologies such as satellite internet and 5G in addition to traditional broadband.

Introduction

The Biden Administration’s recently

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GT Voice: Are American politicians disgruntled at digital yuan innovation?

Residents who received “red packets” of digital yuan use the money in stores in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. Photo: Li Hao/GT

China’s leading position in developing and testing its digital currency, appears to be another source of disgruntlement by politicians in Washington, whose obsession of defending the US dollar hegemony is unlikely to impact China’s current momentum to accelerate digital yuan test and deployment.

Officials from the Biden administration are seriously worried whether China’s digital yuan push will begin to dent the US dollar’s dominant position in cross-border transactions in the long run, and whether the digital yuan would be widely

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Pandemic exposes Roaring Fork Valley’s digital divide

A Broadband Internet transmitter on the roof of Basalt Elementary School is seen pointing toward a neighborhood Friday afternoon.
Daniel Bayer / Aspen Journalism.

Before the pandemic hit, Ana Posada, 60, decided to take English lessons in preparation for interviews to obtain her U.S. citizenship. She started classes with English in Action, a local nonprofit in the Roaring Fork Valley — but last year, COVID-19 put an end to her in-person classes and tutoring sessions.

A tutor asked if Posada would be interested in learning via Zoom. Posada agreed to use the online platform, but she was hesitant.

“I’d never

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