April Update: Message from Mei Lin 

Dear Internauts, The past month has been one of exploration. We’ve been dissecting each layer of the digital divide in our community discussions and highlighting the value of connecting our data, to remove barriers to knowledge. In this month’s newsletter, Lin Wells introduces How Light is Spent, a report built around the future of technology, […]

IEEE’s Covid Response: Kartik Kulkarni’s story

PCI’s community may not be aware of our longstanding, very productive relationship with Kartik Kulkarni and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional association of engineers with over 400,000 members in 160 countries. Kartik won IEEE’s Change the World competition in (2009) and met Vinton Cerf, co-founder of PCI and […]

Women’s Startup Lab: A Silicon Valley-Based Tech Startup and Leadership Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs Around the Globe

By Christine Preusler Women’s Startup Lab (WSL) hosts an annual international showcase of entrepreneurs and offers people-focused corporate innovation. WSL is helping women around the world find their individual paths to success. In just six years, the global community has grown to include more than 25,000 members, and the organization’s accelerator program run in Silicon […]

Fostering Equity Through Access

Sonoma County Library Closing the Digital Divide by Lending WiFi By Ray Holley, Community Relations Manager, Sonoma County Library For centuries, libraries focused on gathering and storing information to share with the public. As the modern idea of a library developed throughout the 20th Century, the emphasis shifted to making that information widely and freely […]

Tribal Technology Assessment: The State of Internet Service on Tribal Lands

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 […]

Understanding Face Recognition and Charting a Path Forward

By Duane Blackburn Face recognition is a powerful tool — it supports access controls & terrorist identification, as well as combats child sex trafficking and underage pornography. But, as with many emerging technologies, there’s also a potential to misuse face recognition, which could affect our civil liberties. How can we find a way to benefit […]

The Havasupai Tribe Builds Their Own Networks, Connects Themselves to Adequate Internet for the First Time

By Councilwoman Ophelia Watahomigie-Corliss of the Havasupai Tribe and Mariel Triggs, CEO of MuralNet Two years ago, The Havasupai Tribe, MuralNet and Niles Radio Communications partnered to build an LTE fixed wireless community network that could address the homework gap in Supai, Arizona, USA. The idea was that critical infrastructure could be erected in half […]

The Potential Human Cost of Cyber Operations

By the International Committee of the Red Cross This is the first of several articles/essays on the human cost of cyber-operations, most especially offensive activities that may spread to civilian populations, even if unintentionally. It raises questions about collateral damage even to people who are not directly dependent on cyber technology. Moreover, it raises policy […]