Vint Cert on Resilient Communities
Ndemo is known as a pioneer for Internet access in Kenya. He led the establishment of TEAMS, the fiber optic cable system from Mombasa to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, linking Kenya to the rest of the world. The history of the effort to create TEAMS, it turns out, relied on government investment and trust for Ndemo’s vision.
“The recognition is an honor, and this time more so, because I share it with my good friend, Geoffrey Blackwell,” Rantanen said. “The greatest benefit is bringing more focus to the work we do in Indian Country.”
In 2018, following the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, People-Centered Internet fielded a team of experts, working with the RAND Corporation, to offer recommendations for leveraging the Internet for the archipelago’s recovery plan. This initiative followed extensive disaster response work by PCI community member, Melvin Cordova, through his “Project Coqui.” PCI team members — including Marci Harris, Mei Lin Fung, and Lin Wells — traveled multiple times to Puerto Rico to engage with local business leaders, innovators, academics, and policymakers. They also participated in a knowledge-exchange trip, organized by Mei Lin Fung, for leaders from Puerto Rico to visit Singapore and engage with their counterparts in business, government, and academia to learn from Singapore’s post-colonial transformation. PCI’s work culminated in 11 recommendations (courses of action or “COAs”) for leveraging federal programs and private resources for Puerto Rico’s recovery and were included in the plan submitted to Congress.
This is the first article in which PCI appeared, written in 2015 by Bitange Ndemo in Business Daily Africa.
Press Release — January 15, 2020 PALO ALTO, CA — People-Centered Internet (PCI) today announces its “Areas of Focus” for 2020. The nonprofit organization dedicated to “working for an Internet that works for people” was cofounded in 2015 by Vint Cerf and Mei Lin Fung. In the coming year, PCI will support projects in six categories: (1) Read More
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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 19, 2019 Contact: Nicole Shaddy [email protected] / 971-229-0545 GOOGLE, COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP BRINGS HIGH-SPEED WI-FI TO CELILO VILLAGE Wi-Fi Aims to Bridge the Digital Divide for Greater Educational, Business Opportunities CELILO VILLAGE – Today, October 19, Celilo Village unveiled its new, high-speed wi-fi made possible by a grant from Google and in partnership with the Read More
By Stephen Ibaraki In this exclusive interview, Stephen Ibaraki, Co-Chair of the ACM Practitioners Board, and Dr. David Bray, Executive Director of the People-Centered Internet Coalition, discuss the most controversial areas of the advancing computing field and PCI efforts and plans for the future addressing these challenges. Watch the video here. If you liked this Read More
By Brian Howard and Traci Morris, American Indian Policy Institute, Arizona State University In a recent report, Brian Howard and Traci Morris both offer a comprehensive summary of the state of Internet service on Tribal Lands, lending considerable weight to PCI’s interest in improving access to the Internet in those areas. Abstract Access to high-speed Read More