Techno Bits & Bytes
Benton Foundation on 10/15/2017
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced the creation of a $35,000 Digital Equity Fund, which will support the City's goal of ensuring all residents have equal access to digital services.
Benton Foundation on 09/05/2017
Sep 8 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
A discussion about Section 230 and efforts to limit the scope of the law. The panel will include legal scholars and industry representatives that rely on the law. The panel will discuss the origins of the law, the role it plays in enabling Internet services and technologies.
Carving Out Exceptions to Section 230: How Will It Affect The Internet?
Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee
Friday, September 8, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Benton Foundation on 07/13/2016
The Benton Foundation is publishing the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition’s Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan because our top priority for 2016 and beyond is affordable broadband access and adoption for all Americans.
CURB Your Enthusiasm: House Considers Capping Lifeline Program and Passes Ban on Broadband Rate RegulationRobbie McBeath on 04/15/2016
Two important communication bills are winding their way through the House: On April 13, the House Communications Subcommittee held a hearing on seven (seven!) communications bills.
Robbie McBeath on 02/04/2016
The title of the Sesame Workshop report gets it exactly right: “Opportunity for All.” It reminds us that the struggle for digital equity is part of the struggle to uphold our most fundamental American values. We can do better. We must do better.
Robbie McBeath on 02/02/2016
Sen Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has moved to speed passage of a key privacy bill that is linked to several transatlantic data sharing agreements. The so-called Judicial Redress Act would give European Union citizens the right to challenge misuse of their personal data in a US court, a right US citizens already enjoy in Europe.
Robbie McBeath on 06/23/2015
The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission announces that it is updating the FCC's Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) Text-to-911 Readiness and Certification Registry listing PSAPs that are ready to receive text-to-911 messages.
Rebecca on 06/26/2014
When you call 911 for help, you're gaining access to a local government public safety communications system that faces greater challenges than dropped calls and video buffering.
Rebecca on 04/25/2014
Tech outlets across the web have named it “brogramming culture.” And tons of organizations tirelessly work to combat it. It is the overwhelming scarcity of women in technology.
Rebecca on 03/24/2014
Are you an AT&T home Internet customer? If so, AT&T has just made a promise you'll want to take note of. If the Federal Communications Commission lets Internet service providers charge Web companies like Netflix for faster delivery of content to consumers, AT&T will lower its customers' Internet bills.
These officials took the CIA to task in the 1970s for illegal spying. Now they want another investigation.Rebecca on 03/17/2014
A team of former congressional investigators is calling for a new inquiry into the Central Intelligence Agency -- not unlike one they performed nearly four decades ago.
Benton Foundation on 02/10/2014
In the coming days, the telecommunications, media and Internet industries will be watching to see how Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler responds to a federal appeals court decision that invalidated the rules created by the FCC in 2011 to maintain an open Internet.
Benton Foundation on 08/19/2013
The Obama Administration has poured billions of dollars into expanding the reach of the Internet, and nearly 98 percent of American homes now have access to some form of high-speed broadband. But tens of millions of people are still on the sidelines of the digital revolution.
Benton Foundation on 06/26/2013
As our nation ramps up for 2016, the role of big data + social data in influencing election decisions cannot be ignored.
Benton Foundation on 06/02/2013
The story in the Wall Street Journal on the one percent of people who have reportedly cut their wireline broadband subscriptions to use wireless instead is a hot mess that requires some careful rebuttal.
Benton Foundation on 11/15/2012
There's one safe assumption on the Internet: Email isn't safe. One of the lessons from the unfolding case of the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, David Petraeus, is that privacy protections for even the most sophisticated users of consumer-email services actually protect very little.
Benton Foundation on 10/18/2012
My vision is for a world in which the Internet Divide — and the wealth gap it creates — no longer exists.
Benton Foundation on 10/15/2012
Nov 30 2012 - 7:30am - 3:30pm
Progressive Solutions In A Changing World
Annual Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund
Public Policy and Media & Telecommunications Symposium
November 30, 2012
Benton Foundation on 08/30/2012
As companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft sell computing everywhere, the most dramatic changes may be in places most of us do not now see.
Benton Foundation on 07/31/2012
While consumers may think of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare as places to post musings and interact with friends, companies like Wal-Mart and Samuel Adams are turning them into extensions of market research departments.
Benton Foundation on 07/12/2012
The disappearance of Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central from the TV sets of 20 million American homes marked a line in the sand drawn by one of the biggest pay-TV distributors in a dispute over programming fees with a major entertainment company.
Benton Foundation on 05/04/2012
Facebook’s executives and underwriters have discussed raising the number of shares that will go to retail investors.
Benton Foundation on 04/17/2012
Municipal broadband networks are thought to be a good option for vast, sparsely populated rural areas because laying cable across them is a costly proposition, one that’s hard for private companies to justify without a greater guaranteed return than such areas can typically provide.
Benton Foundation on 03/07/2012
"[W]hen I took office in 2001 was the awesome power of information infrastructure to propel America’s progress in the Twenty-first century and to enhance our civic dialogue. As broadband took root, those with eyes to see quickly came to see that there was no problem confronting our nation -- lack of jobs, inadequate health care, growing energy dependence, deteriorating environment, lack of equal opportunity -- that did not have a broadband component as part of its solution.”
Benton Foundation on 08/12/2011
In January, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg tapped Rachel Sterne to be the city's first chief digital officer -- and ever since then, the 27-year-old has been on a tear, dragging New York into the 21st century.