News and Updates

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,

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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

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March Update: Message from Mei Lin 

Dear Internauts, “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate for the stormy present.” Abraham Lincoln wrote during the middle of the Civil War. I invite you all to shift away from the dogmas of the quiet past, to rise to meet the challenges of the stormy present: Together we can build a better world, where

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February Update: Message from Mei Lin

Dear Internauts, “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston writes. After a year of uncertainty, we can enter 2021 ready to start to act. Our two pillars for action in 2021 are: Building Resilient Communities Digital Finance In this newsletter, we want to celebrate our shoulder-to-shoulder relationship with

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Kristin Little Presents on Active Listening

DCD Fellow Kristin Little Presents: Listening Dear PCI Community,   I enjoyed sharing some thoughts and approaches to active listening on our community call this past Sunday. I really believe that this topic has something to offer in the pursuit of fruitful Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy and a more people-centered Internet. Thanks, all, for a rich

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Introducing new PCI Board Member, Justin Bryant

The People Centered Internet welcomes its newest board member, Justin Bryant, who will bring his robust background in law, policy, and technology research to his new role as PCI’s treasurer. Now a J.D. candidate at Stanford Law School, Justin’s expertise spans the data protection, public policy, and digital rights disciplines and crosses continents at the community, government, and nonprofit and research levels.

Along with his role as treasurer, Bryant will focus on training a people-centered eye to every new and old PCI project and building capacity and scalability for grassroots digital solutions.

“My goal as part of PCI is to bring forward the importance of progressive digital policy that’s tailored to the needs of local populations and thinking about what privacy means to us in each of our communities,” Bryant said.

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People-Centered Internet welcomes Justin Bryant as Board Member, Treasurer

Palo Alto, CA, November 9, 2020 — People-Centered Internet, a California-based 501(c)3 organization with a mission to “put humanity at the center of the Internet,” announced the appointment of Justin Bryant as its newest board member and treasurer.

Justin brings his robust international research background to the PCI board. A third-year J.D. candidate at Stanford Law School, he focuses on the intersection of law, policy, and technology in a global context.

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People-Centered Internet Announces Launch of Global Help Desk

People-Centered Internet (“PCI”), a California-based 501(c)3 organization with a mission to “put humanity at the center of the Internet,” today announced the launch of the Global Help Desk (“GHD”). Applying the same principles that guided the Internet’s decentralized growth, the GHD will serve as an online network to connect people with a web of goods and services that are proven to address problems that span geographies and communities, acting as a coordinated, accessible and scalable toolkit for solutions-based digital capacity building.

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October Update: Message from Mei Lin

Dear Internauts,

I have some exciting news to share this month, but first, I want to take a trip back in time: Just over 50 years ago in 1969, the first two nodes of the Internet were connected. This would begin a long series of innovations, like the TCP/IP specification developed by our PCI co-founder, Vint Cerf and the vision of Douglas Engelbart’s “Mother of all Demos.” People-Centered Internet was founded in 2015 in the same spirit of “participation by all” to ensure the Internet continues to be “a force for good in the world.”

Last year’s Internet Governance Forum in Berlin catalyzed a new area of focus for PCI on “Digital Cooperation and Diplomacy,” supporting the recommendations of the United Nations’ High Level Panel. Fabrizio Hochschild, Doreen Bogdan, Vint Cerf, Hinrich Thoelken, and I envisioned an informal network of those working to augment traditional diplomacy with the connections that technology enables and building on the spirit that energized the original spread of the Internet in the 1980s and ’90s.

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