Britain is addicted to the internet. Just take a look at the occupants of any bus stop or train station platform. Heads down, phones out. When the conversations stop in our pubs and restaurants, the first question asked by many of us isn’t “Whose round is it?”, it’s “What’s the Wi-Fi password?” Ninety-nine per cent of young Britons (aged 16-35) are internet users, according to ONS statistics, and we spend a staggering 10 hours a day consuming media, much of it delivered to our mobiles or tablets. In short, we’re a nation in need of a digital detox. But one can’t rely on willpower alone. We need to avoid temptation and truly escape the clutches of the internet. So where’s best to go? We asked Akamai, the content delivery network and cloud services provider, for guidance. It pinpointed the following 35 countries, each of which has a user penetration rate of less than 20 per cent. Which means that fewer than one in five of its … [Read more...] about The last places on Earth with no internet
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Americas Log In Log In Today’s Paper Americas | Cuba Expands Internet Access to Private Homes and Businesses Advertisement Supported by ByKirk Semple and Hannah Berkeley Cohen July 29, 2019 The airy three-story rental house on the outskirts of Havana would seem to have all the luxury attributes a cosmopolitan tourist might want: elegant appliances, high-end artwork, a rooftop plunge pool and ocean views. Yet it is lacking one critical amenity, which has become a deal breaker for some prospective clients: Wi-Fi. “It’s ridiculous to have to turn away a potential client just because of a lack of internet,” lamented the house’s owner, Leandis Díaz, 47. “Everyone who comes to Cuba wants to use the internet — that’s normal.” On Monday, though, Cuba, one of the least wired nations in the Western Hemisphere, … [Read more...] about Cuba Expands Internet Access to Private Homes and Businesses
By Emily DeRuy | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupPUBLISHED: February 12, 2019 at 9:57 am | UPDATED: February 12, 2019 at 4:46 pm Despite its “Capital of Silicon Valley” slogan, San Jose is home to thousands of residents who don’t have basic internet access at home. The city moved to change that on Tuesday, creating the San Jose Digital Inclusion Fund — the largest of its kind in the country. The aim? To bring broadband access to some 50,000 households over the next decade and teach residents who may be new to the web the digital skills they need to navigate it. “There’s so little awareness in San Jose of the digital divide,” said Dolan Beckel in the city’s Office of Civic Innovation and Digital Strategy. The city estimates that, even today, around 95,000 residents have no internet access at home. For seniors, the initiative might mean learning how to navigate a health care website that allows them to talk to their doctor … [Read more...] about San Jose launches new fund to bring internet to thousands of off-line homes
Before they got down to business for the day, students in Devin Tatro’s social studies class were offered a quiet moment of self-reflection: On this golden fall afternoon at Nome-Beltz Junior/Senior High School, were they feeling chipper, distressed, or somewhere in between? About 20 students gazed at their laptops, an online poll open on each screen. One by one, they selected the picture of the facial expression that best matched their mood, and with a swift click sent an answer to the teacher. She scanned the responses and made a few mental notes. Then, without missing a beat, she switched the smartboard display and launched into a multiple-choice quiz using a game-based online learning platform called Kahoot! “Tell me one thing you remember about yesterday’s lesson on expansions and tax on Native Americans,” Tatro said, pacing the front of the classroom. She rattled off students’ responses as they popped up on the smartboard in a colorful word cloud: … [Read more...] about Alaska Schools Get Faster Internet—Partly Thanks to Global Warming
Internet connectivity is coming to be regarded worldwide as no less than essential infrastructure, and yet it’s estimated about half of the world’s population today remains unconnected. Connecting the world’s unconnected populations will demand new approaches in business relationships, policy making, and technology solutions. The challenge in bringing the last billions online is marked by a number of unique complications that vary depending on the given unconnected region. We just launched Plugged It’s our cool new gadget site. Take me These could include a lack of conducive public policies, education, relevant content, technology options, or even reliable electricity. Community networks and public access figure as central among a pool of solutions through which the great promise of connecting the unconnected is most likely to be fulfilled. The specific benefits of community networks and public access—such as adaptability to local needs, affordability … [Read more...] about Only half of humanity is online, how do we connect the rest?