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Students and teachers alike struggle with digital connectivity – but education is just one area in which technology matters. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

State efforts to close the K-12 digital divide may come up short

Claims the digital divide has been ‘closed’ don’t include the full picture of internet inequality in the United States.
Congress has asked many questions of Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg but has done little to regulate Facebook. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

3 ways Congress could hold Facebook accountable for its actions

Pressure is mounting on Congress to take action on Facebook. Our panel of experts offers their top priorities: user control of data, banking-like oversight and resources to close the digital divide.
A crossing guard stops traffic as students arrive at École Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., Feb. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Student achievement depends on reducing poverty now and after COVID-19

Comprehensive early childhood education, mental health support, internet connectivity and post-secondary funding are part of reducing the consequences of poverty so all students may excel.
President Joe Biden talked about healing the rifts and uniting America in his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 2021. Michael S. Williamson/Washington Post

5 ways Biden can help rural America thrive and bridge the rural-urban divide

A new federal antipoverty program for both rural and urban areas is part of the solution, but the power of Big Ag, lack of internet and struggling towns need attention, too.
The first COVID-19 vaccines arrive packed in dry ice and need special freezers that can keep them extremely cold. AP Photo/David Goldman

Getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks – but there are ways to lift the barriers

The vaccines’ cold storage requirements and shipment rules put small, rural communities at a disadvantage, but that’s only part of a long-running challenge.
Farmers, cottagers and small business organizations are among the groups clamouring for better broadband in Ontario, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Pexels)

Building back better, during and after COVID-19, with faster broadband

The need for much-improved internet connectivity exists across Canada. Will the Ontario government’s recent announcement of $1 billion and the federal government’s announcement of the Universal Broadband Fund of $1.75 billion for improved broadband be enough to make a difference?
Conflict arising from government’s ownership of Telkom and its regulatory role contributed to failure to achieve digital transformation. Shutterstock

South Africa has failed to harness the digital revolution: how it can fix the problem

South Africa has come short of its digital ambitions, but it can catch up by ensuring access to high speed broadband, and support for domestic digital firms and entrepreneurs.

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