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.

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

Three People-Centered Design Principles for Deep Learning

By Dr. David Bray and R “Ray” Wang Over the last ten years, organizations have begun to rely on an ever-growing number of algorithms to assist in making a wide range of business decisions, including delivery logistics, airline route planning, financial fraud detection, image recognition etc. As we’re currently experiencing the end of the second Read More

Dr. David Bray: Ushering in the Future (Podcast)

By Disrupt Yourself Podcast Whitney Johnson, one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world (Thinkers50) and an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption, interviews Dr. David Bray on the impact of technology, cognitive easing, empathy, confirmation bias, what is more important than the desire to always be right, and why every era Read More