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Get Connected: Public Access Policy Toolkit

Public Internet access in libraries has a track-record of providing everyone with the possibility and skills to get the best out of connectivity. In order to get the right policies for this, the new toolkit from the Dynamic Coalition on Public Access in Libraries offers a starting point for libraries, library associations, and friends of

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2019 Emerging Tech Trends Report

The Future Today Institute (FTI) helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Focusing exclusively on how emerging technology and science will disrupt business, transform the workforce and ignite geopolitical change, the Institute develops pioneering, data-driven forecasting methodology and tools to empower leaders to make better decisions about the future, today. In its 12th annual

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Community Networks – How 43 Countries are Setting Them Up

At the Internet Governance Forum in Paris last year in November, the GISWatch report was launched for 2018. The 43 country reports describe the different experiences and approaches in setting up community networks.  Key ideas, such as participatory governance systems, community ownership and skills transfer, and most importantly a “Can Do” or “Do-it-Yourself” spirit can

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Stopping the Stigma of Mental Illness

By David B. Grinberg David B. Grinberg has shared an important article for Mental Health Month in the United States with PCI. This article first appeared in the American Diversity Report, which David is an advisory board member and contributing author for. Read more. If you liked this post, you can follow us on Twitter and

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Catalytic Intervention Grants for a More Sustainable Community Network Environment

As a part of their Connecting the unconnected: Supporting community networks and other community-based connectivity initiatives project, the Association for Progressive Communications and Rhizomatica have introduced Catalytic intervention grants. The grants aim to support a more sustainable community network environment and are open to applicants in the global South and countries listed as Official Development

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UNESCO Advocates for Digital Inclusion at United Nations in New York

On 7 March 2019, UNESCO, the Permanent Mission of Montenegro to the United Nations and ITU co-hosted a round-table discussion called “Driving Digital Inclusion: what does it mean and what’s working?” The event brought together a diverse group of panelists including civil society, private sector and youth voices besides the UN entities.Read more about the event

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The Augmentation of Douglas Engelbart

“Douglas Engelbart’s Augmentation Research Center (the ARC Lab) at SRI and Vint Cerf at Len Kleinrock’s lab at UCLA were connected to the first two nodes of the Internet (then known as ARPANET). It has been my honor and privilege to work with the two seminal figures that ushered in the era of the Internet

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Introduction to NGI 2025 and Beyond

“This initiative by the European Commission, Directorate-General of Communications Networks, Content & Technology, takes a sweeping view of the current state of the Internet, its strengths but more importantly its weaknesses as we experience them today. The report provides a broad framework for re-imagining the Internet in the context of human values: safety, security, privacy,

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From the Front Lines: What’s Happening With AI Today (Part 1)

By Dr. David Bray and Dr. Fredrik Bruhn PCI Executive Director Dr. David Bray and Unibap CEO Dr. Fredrik Bruhn have started a video blog series which aims to talk about what’s actually happening with AI today –  specifically with regard to the industrial Internet of things, computer vision and automated processes. In the first

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2019-1 Project Coqui Story

By Melvin Cordova, Project Coqui Lead Project Coqui was born because of the positive but limited response for the magnitude of Hurricane Maria to Puerto Rico. Our initial mission was to provide free communications support by connecting residents from Ponce with the rest of the world. This humanitarian mission has grown in scope to include

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