Is E-Rate Helping All Americans?

By Rosa Mendoza The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently updated the Schools and Libraries Program, better known as the E-rate program.  By way of background, the E-rate program was enacted in 1997 by the FCC in response to congressional mandates to make telecommunications and information...

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Apple Releases Disappointing Employee Diversity Numbers

By Sam Colt, Business Insider Apple released its diversity numbers for employees on Monday, according to a report on its website. Apple said that 70% of its employees are male and 30% are female globally. The company only released ethnicity statistics for U.S. employees: 55%...

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Rev. Jackson Decries ‘Smear Campaigns’ of ‘Media Mobs’

By John Eggerton, NewBay Media Rainbow PUSH founder Rev. Jesse Jackson says that attacks on his group, NAACP, the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council and others over their stand on media issues are unwarranted, counterproductive and are deepening the divisions between social justice groups and...

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Almost one in six doctor visits will be virtual this year

By Lucas Mearian, Healthcare IT Computerworld – With an aging Baby Boomer population and broadband bandwidth improved a hundredfold from a decade ago, telemedicine is exploding as a convenient and less costly alternative to the traditional visit to the doctors’ office. This year in the U.S. and...

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Parents, hang up! Your call may be distracting your teen driver

By Gil Aegerter, TODAY Health Fifty-three percent of teens who reported talking on a phone while driving were chatting with mom or dad, according to a study presented Friday at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention in Washington. The numbers for texting were smaller but...

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The Internet Is Not a Water Pipe

Jason A. Llorenz, Rutgers University School of Communication & Information We hear about disruptive innovation everywhere in the tech space. The words get thrown in as an argument, a goal, an ideal — a sacred totem of sorts — in almost every aspect of debate...

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Gear Up for College With These Essential Virtual Tools

By Brian Witte, U.S. News Education As you gather your back-to-school essentials and prepare to start your freshman year of college, your virtual backpack is one item that should make your list. In this increasingly digital age, there is a plethora of networks, platforms and tools aimed squarely at...

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Net Neutrality’s Brain Drain and Distraction

By Jason A. Llorenz, Rutgers University School of Communication & Information As a national community, we debate and think often about the impact of the Internet on our lives. The issues that emerge in those conversations are tied to real needs – for affordable connectivity,...

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White, Asian men rule the roost at Twitter

By Elizabeth Weise and Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO — Succumbing to growing public pressure, Twitter released the gender and ethnic breakdown of its work force Wednesday, showing that it looks like most other major technology companies: overwhelming male, white and Asian. In the...

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