digital divide

VC investment in proptech can yield profits and change lives

This isn’t a pie-in-the-sky vision. The future is here and the call to action is now. 

To win post-pandemic, edtech needs to start thinking big

If 2020 showed us how hard “Zoom school” really is, then 2021 should not be about creating more versions of Zoom schools.

The coronavirus pandemic is expanding California’s digital divide

If every California student without an adequate internet connection got together and formed a state, it would contain more people than Idaho or Hawaii.

COVID-19 shows we need Universal Basic Internet now

Just as the electrification of America brought the nation out of the Great Depression, the Wi-Fi-cation of the nation can ease us out of the COVID-19 collapse.

We are leaving older adults out of the digital world

May is national Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme is Connect, Create, Contribute. One area in particular threatens to prevent older adults from making those connections: the digital div

Pew: Social media still growing in emerging markets but stalled elsewhere

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s (so far) five-year project to expand access to the Internet in emerging markets makes plenty of business sense when you look at the latest report by the Pew

Mozilla and NSF awards $380K to small projects connecting the unconnected

The FCC may be hard at work at "bridging the digital divide," as Chairman Pai so frequently puts it, and the Connect America Fund II will help. But while the big players are setting up, people all ove

Facebook expands ‘Community Boost’ digital skills training program to Europe

Facebook has announced it's expanding a free training program that teaches Internet-skills, media literacy and online safety to Europe. It says its "ambition" is to train 300,000 people across six EU

Giving online retailers a physical returns location nets HappyReturns $8 million

As online retailers continue to seek out ways to bridge the digital divide between themselves and their customers, Happy Returns, which provides physical locations for online shoppers to return and

Bima raises $97M from Allianz for microinsurance aimed at emerging markets

On the heels of Lemonade raising $120 million from Softbank for its new “peer-to-peer” spin on insurance services, another company aimed at disrupting the insurance market is announcing a

UK’s long-delayed digital strategy looks to AI but is locked to Brexit

The UK government is due to publish its long awaited Digital Strategy later today, about a year later than originally slated. Existing delays having been compounded by the shock of Brexit. Drafts of t

CommonLit wins $3.9 million grant to help students master reading skills

A tech nonprofit called CommonLit won a $3.89 million grant from the Department of Education to develop software and content that helps students read well enough to graduate from high school and succe

The Challenge Of Connecting The Unconnected

Every time we return to or sign up for an Internet service (e.g. Facebook, Google, Gmail, YouTube, etc.), we rely on what UX experts call a "mental model" for navigating through the choices. A mental

Facebook Pilots Free WiFi For Students’ Homes In The Backyard Of Its NC Data Center

Just as the FCC has approved a plan to invest $2 billion into U.S. schools to improve WiFi, Facebook is taking a step to improve WiFi for students in their homes. Today the company is announcing a pil