PCI Conversations: Sascha Meinrath, the M-Lab, and the need for reliable broadband maps

Reliable information about access to broadband is essential to efforts designed to ensure equal access to broadband. The Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband map is missing the mark, however, because it relies on self-reporting by Internet service providers for information. That was the message of Sascha Meinrath, the Palmer Chair in Telecommunications at Pennsylvania State University, when he joined the January 19 PCI Community call. The reporting discrepancy exacerbates the digital divide and disadvantages rural communities.

Sustainable Development Goals

February Update: Message from Mei Lin

It has been quite a month for PCI, as our new board has gotten up and running and activities within our six areas of focus for 2020 are beginning to take shape.

We at PCI are thinking a lot about cities and how governments around the world can better engage with and respond to the needs of their residents. I was honored to join the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for a panel on “Governing and Managing Smart Sustainable Cities” at the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi on Feb 8–13th, where I argued that “smart cities” should be about making “smart people,” setting the conditions to allow all individuals to thrive.

A People-Centered Look at Smart Cities

What good is a “smart city,” if it doesn’t improve people’s lives?

The trajectory of smart cities has evolved from a purely technology-centered approach to a government-centered approach. It is now becoming increasingly clear that “smart” technologies must be implemented for and with the people they are meant to serve. While many initial attempts at building smart cities have not evolved past the technology-centered phase, there is growing understanding that a people-centered approach is the future.

PCI Virtual Fireside Chat: A Conversation with Vint Cerf & Ian Bremmer (February 25, 2020)

People-Centered Internet invites you to a “virtual fireside chat,” featuring Ian Bremmer and PCI co-founder, Vint Cerf, at 2:00 PM ET on February 25, 2020. In a 2016 paper produced for the International Monetary Fund, Ian predicted “G-Zero,” a time characterized by “a growing vacuum in global governance,” and asked “whether citizens across the world will remain passive Read More

Community Update: Deborah Kobza announces formation of Cognitive Security ISAO

PCI Community Member Deborah Kobza announced the launch of the Cognitive Security ISAO (Information Sharing and Analysis Association), headquartered at the International Association of Certified ISAOs (IACI – IACI-CERT at the Center for Space Education, NASA/Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The Cognitive Security ISAO’s mission is to “accelerate cognitive security resilience by advancing the capacity and Read More

January Update: Message from Mei Lin

Dear “Internauts,” (as Vint likes to say): It is my great honor to follow in the significant footsteps of PCI’s first chairman, Vint Cerf, who joined me in 2015 to co-found People-Centered Internet. Today, our vision that people should be at the center of Internet initiatives — of an Internet of, by and for the Read More

TDVN Connects to International Peering Exchange

LA MIRADA, CA — Jan. 15, 2020 — Fourteen Native American tribes in Southern California are now directly connected to the state-of-the-art International Internet Exchange, Pacific Wave, and its peering, high-performance scientific networks, and ever-expanding global connectivity. Six more tribes are also expected to join in the coming months. This new connection enables tribal libraries, Read More