Keeping Tabs on the Digital Divide

The LinkAge

Weekly Wrap-Up, March 13, 2015

The National Journal’s Andrew McGill put together a map, shown above, showing the number of providers offering service at different speeds around the country. As the graphic shows, consumers across the country have severely limited options when it comes to choosing an Internet Service Provider.

In honor of International Women’s Day last week, women at Access, an organization dedicated to defending digital rights, explained why they’re fighting for a free and open Internet.

Clinton Foundation initiative No Ceilings helped produce The Full Participation Report, which shows the long way we have to go in closing the worldwide gender gap. Chelsea Clinton argues that technology and access to Internet will be key in achieving gender equality.

The Brookings Institution’s Stuart Brotman explains why we need to work harder on fixing the global broadband adoption gap.

EdX has announced that Microsoft will be joining as the initiative’s first corporate member to offer MOOCs. The classes will be taught by Microsoft experts and will cover topics like C#, Bootstrap, Office 365 APIs, and more.

And finally, this week, the New York Times Editorial Board weighed in on the importance of getting the world online. “Bridging the digital divide is not quite as daunting as it once seemed,” the Board writes. “But neither is progress moving fast enough to allow billions of people to use a communications system that has become indispensable to the modern economy.”


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