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What the Public Knows About Cybersecurity

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

A Pew Research Center survey finds that many Americans are unclear about some key cybersecurity topics, terms and concepts.

AT&T broadband deployment skipped low-income Dayton (OH) neighborhoods

Location:
National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
3

Earlier in Feb the National Digital Inclusion Alliance and Connect Your Community, a Cleveland (OH) based organization, published a report indicating that AT&T had “systematically discriminated against lower income Cleveland neighborhoods in its deployment of home internet and video technologies over the last decade.” The analysis shows that AT&T has failed to upgrade its network in low income neighborhoods, including most of the City of Dayton, while deploying a high-speed fiber based network in wealthier suburban areas.

Digital divide persists even as lower-income Americans make gains in tech adoption

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

This is the first in a series of posts about how different demographic groups in the US have fared in the digital age.

GAO Report: DOJ and FBI Need to Take Additional Action to Ensure Privacy and Accuracy

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States
Recommendation:
3

Technology advancements have increased the overall accuracy of automated face recognition over the past few decades. This technology has helped law enforcement agencies identify criminals in their investigations. However, privacy advocates and members of the Congress remain concerned regarding the accuracy of the technology and the protection of privacy and individual civil liberties when technologies are used to identify people based on their biological and behavioral characteristics.

Study: Sharer of digital news outweighs news source

Location:
Associated Press, 450 W. 33rd St, New York, NY, 10001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Your trust in news shared over social media may depend more on the person who shared the news than the news source itself, new research suggests. The results suggest opportunities for news organizations in building strong online followings -- and challenges for social media in countering fake news.

Despite gains, women remain underrepresented among US political and business leaders

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

In 2017, 21 women serve in the US Senate and 83 serve in the House of Representatives, comprising 19.4% of Congress. While this share is nearly nine times higher than it was in 1965, it remains well below the 51.4% of women in the overall US adult population.

China outpaces India in internet access, smartphone ownership

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

India and China, the world’s two most populous countries, have long had a competitive relationship and have emerged as major economic powers. But in the digital space, China has a clear advantage.

Call for Applications - Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award

Location:
TPRC (the Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy), United States
Recommendation:
5

TPRC (the Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy) and the Benton Foundation are pleased to announce the Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award to recognize a scholarship in the area of digital inclusion and broadband adoption.

Health IT: HHS Should Assess the Effectiveness of Its Efforts to Enhance Patient Access to and Use of Electronic Health Information

Location:
Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St., NW, Washington, DC, 20548, United States

The Department of Health and Human Services wants all Americans to be able to access their health records electronically.

Many smartphone owners don’t take steps to secure their devices

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Cybersecurity experts recommend that smartphone owners take a number of steps to keep their mobile devices safe and secure. These include using a pass code to gain access to the phone, as well as regularly updating a phone’s apps and operating system.

Report: Fixed Broadband on ‘Thin Ice’ as More People Embrace Broadband Cord Cutting

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

Fixed broadband is “on thin ice” in the US as the mobile first generation may be fueling broadband cord cutting, according to ReportLinker. Although the majority of households still access the Internet via fixed connections (cable, telecommunication, fiber, etc.), nearly 4 in 10 said they usually use mobile for home Internet access, according to the research.

Poll: Vast majority wants President Trump to tweet less

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll reports that registered voters, by a 2-1 margin, want President Trump to cut down on his tweeting. Fifty-nine percent of the 1,000 surveyed say Trump "should stop tweeting so much,” and 28 percent agree with the statement "his tweets are a good way to communicate directly with Americans."

Survey: Kids Value News But Don't Trust It

Location:
Common Sense Media, 650 Townsend, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new study by Common Sense Media found that while young people value news media, they say they are often fooled by fake news, which may account for the fact that only a quarter of them put a lot of trust in the information they get.

Study: Breitbart-led right-wing media ecosystem altered broader media agenda

Location:
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

The 2016 Presidential Election shook the foundations of American politics. Media reports immediately looked for external disruption to explain the unanticipated victory—with theories ranging from Russian hacking to “fake news.” We have a less exotic, but perhaps more disconcerting explanation: Our own study of over 1.25 million stories published online between April 1, 2015 and Election Day shows that a right-wing media network anchored around Breitbart developed as a distinct and insulated media system, using social media as a backbone to transmit a hyper-partisan perspective to the world.

Blacks more likely to follow up on digital news than whites

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

When getting news online, black online news consumers are much more likely than white consumers to follow up on these stories with an action.

FCC Chair Claims Broadband Investment At Historic Low Level Because Of Net Neutrality; That’s Not What The Numbers Say

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai blamed network neutrality for causing uncertainty in the broadband market and declared that “uncertainty is the enemy of growth.” However, many of the nation’s largest broadband providers have grown in the last two years.

Kids Entering The Digital Age At Young Ages

Location:
Nielsen, 770 Broadway, New York, NY, 10003-9595, United States
Recommendation:
3

Many kids are entering the digital age before they are entering double digits in age. According to Nielsen’s Mobile Kids report, about half (45%) of kids get a mobile phone with a service plan between the ages of 10 and 12, with most of them (22%) getting them when they’re 10.

Open Data Privacy Playbook

Location:
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

Cities today collect and store a wide range of data that may contain sensitive or identifiable information about residents. As cities embrace open data initiatives, more of this information is available to the public

News coverage of President Trump is really, really negative. Even on Fox News.

Location:
Media Tenor , 515 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 10022, United States
Recommendation:
2

The early television news reviews of the Trump presidency are in and they are not good — not even on Fox News.

The State of Federal Websites

Mar 8 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

In a new report, ITIF evaluates nearly 300 of the most popular federal websites, ranks them across a variety of metrics including performance, security, design, and makes recommendations for how the federal government can improve.

Is the Media Too Tough on Donald Trump? More Than Half of Americans Think So

Location:
Wall Street Journal, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Just over half of Americans think the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump has been too critical, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.

Why So Sad? A Look at the Change in Tone of Technology Reporting From 1986 to 2013

Location:
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), 1101 K Street, NW, Suite 610A, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

This report looks at the way that the US print media has covered technology over the past 30 years, examining the claims that a typical reader of national newspapers is likely to have seen during that time.

It’s time bring US broadband subsidies up to world standards

Location:
American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Count yourself unlucky if you are a US telecommunications customer, because you have been funding a system that is far behind international standards.

Partisan Conflict and Congressional Outreach

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
2

Hostility in political discourse was thrown into sharp relief in 2016 by a contentious presidential campaign. A new Pew Research Center analysis of more than 200,000 press releases and Facebook posts from the official accounts of members of the 114th Congress uses methods from the emerging field of computational social science to quantify how often legislators themselves “go negative” in their outreach to the public.

Spectrum fragmentation: Causes, measures and applications

Location:
Republic of Korea, South Korea
Recommendation:
2

Spectrum fragmentation, a concept that describes the degree of split for a given portion of spectrum, is a newly emerging issue which can affect productivity and technical efficiency in spectrum use as the telecommunication service paradigm evolves from voice oriented to data oriented services.

Donald Trump is losing his war with the media

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

A new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests that while people may be broadly unhappy with the mainstream media, they still think it's more credible than President Donald Trump.

We Avoid News We Don't Like. Some Trump-Era Evidence.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

The United States is so polarized that it can seem that Republicans and Democrats choose to exist in two entirely different versions of the day, depending on their media diet. But a new analysis of the web traffic of 148 news organizations shows something subtler: Publications across the political spectrum broadly cover the news events of the day, but their readers appear to gloss over the stories they don’t want to see.

CBO Scores Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act

Location:
Congressional Budget Office, Second and D Streets, SW Ford House Office Building 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20515-6925, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things Act (S 88) would direct the Department of Commerce (DOC) to convene a working group of representatives from various federal agencies and a steering committee of private stakeholders to produce reports and recommendations to the Congress to improve intragovernmental coordination and to encourage the development of the Internet of things.

Cable News Doing Big Ad Business, Viewership

Location:
CNN, 1 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA, 30303, United States
Recommendation:
3

Just about one month into the new presidential administration, TV news networks are posting stronger ad business, as well as high viewership -- contradicting some criticism over fake news claims.

Facebook is playing an increasingly important role in activism

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
3

It's clear that Facebook played a big role in mobilizing people to participate in the global Women's March in Jan.

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