“I think the most likely scenario now is not a splintering, but rather a bifurcation into a Chinese-led internet and a non-Chinese internet led by America. If you look at China, and I was just there, the scale of the companies that are being built, the services being built, the wealth that is being created is phenomenal.
The satellite communications that ships, planes and the military use to connect to the internet are vulnerable to hackers that, in the worst-case scenario, could carry out “cyber-physical attacks”, turning satellite antennas into weapons that operate, essentially, like microwave ovens.
Accessing the internet isn't normally a problem when you're inside the confines of your own home--it's secure, it's easy to connect to, and it's relatively uncongested--unless the whole family is streaming Netflix on five separate devices. When you venture out though, it's a different story.
Policymakers should not write off a permissive prioritization regime in net neutrality legislation. With simple rules, paid prioritization can make the Internet work much better for some services without making others worse off or harming the Internet’s characteristic openness.
The education industry all over the world is going through radical change, because of factors such as emerging tech innovations, government regulations, student mobility and others. The ever-growing popularity of mobile devices provided a wonderful opportunity to the field of education.
Smartphones, tablet computers and other internet-oriented devices fill today’s digital age, and yet access to these common technologies is not universal. A full quarter of Americans were still without broadband as of about a year ago, according to TIME, and many U.S. young people experience what has become known as the digital divide on a daily basis in their schools throughout the country.
The major disparity is both shocking and widespread. One of the most prevalent issues is that children from low-income families are four times more likely to be without internet than their middle-income counterparts. This limits their ability to perform research, complete school projects, and perform other assignments issued by teachers.
Into this proud moment in history comes Mozilla, with its latest report on the overall health of the internet. It’s a 53-page document that touches on a huge range of topics, from cybersecurity and privacy to the cost of online access and net neutrality. And -- spoiler alert -- most of these topics aren’t doing all that well.
"This is the first approval of a U.S.-licensed satellite constellation to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies," the Federal Communications Commission said in a statement. The system proposed by privately held SpaceX, as Space Exploration Holdings is known, will use 4,425 satellites, the FCC said.