Stories from the Field

Vint Cerf of Google on Internet Rights – Interview

[Source: The Christian Science Monitor, by Nathan Gardels, March 8, 2012]
In an interview, Vint Cerf of Google says individuals do not have a right to connect to the Internet, nor does a person have the right to eliminate information that's already on the Web.

Water, Internet Access and Swagger: These Guys Are Good

[Source: Wired, by Susan Crawford, March 9, 2012]
When news broke that regulators had approved the Comcast/NBCU mega-merger in January 2011, I was at the annual State of the Net meeting on Capitol Hill.

Exploring the Role of the 21st-Century Library in an Age of E-Books and Online Content

[Source: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, by Elizabeth R. Miller, February 25, 2012]
In the age of e-books and online content, what's the role of the 21st-century library?   That question brought together library directors from Knight communities across the country last ...

Without Internet, Urban Poor Fear Being Left Behind In Digital Age

[Source: The Huffington Post, by Gerry Smith, March 1, 2012]
  Jillian Maldonado is a 29-year-old student at the Mid-Manhattan Adult Learning Center and an Avon sales representative who earns $300 a week. On most nights, she takes the D train from her ...

The Real Problem With Google’s New Privacy Policy

[Source: Slate, by Thomas Gideon and James Losey, February 10, 2012]
When Google announced impending changes to its privacy policy, users and the media alike were focused on one thing: the inability to opt-out, short of deleting your account.

Why News Matters: Request for Ideas

[Source: Robert R. McCormick Foundation, February 22, 2012]
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s Journalism Program is launching Why News Matters, a grantmaking program designed to enhance news literacy skills and programs in Chicago.

Five Solutions to the Privacy Problem: Why They Work and Why They Don’t

[Source:, by Jeff Roberts, December 4, 2011]
Last week brought alarming accounts about how a firm called Carrier IQ may have used key logging technology to record millions of phone messages. These reports coincided with a federal regulator’s ...

Legislators Aim to Turn States into Broadband Backwaters

[Source: GigaOm, by Craig Settles, February 19, 2012]
Regressive, telco industry-influenced state legislators are at it again, trying to kill communities’ right to determine their own broadband futures. Anti-community broadband bills are rearing ...

Infusing Social Into Social Justice Organizations

[Source: ZeroDivide, by Daniel Jae-Won Lee, February 2, 2012]
NOTE: This post originally ran on Beth Kanter's blog and is cross-posted by ZeroDivide with her permission. ZeroDivide is proud to be a partner in the Pioneers in Justice initiative described in ...

Education 2.0: Can Digital Learning Day Begin a Classroom Revolution?

[Source: The Christian Science Monitor, by Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, February 1, 2012]
Thirty-nine states, 15,000 teachers, and 1.7 million students are expected to participate in a series of events and webcasts on Wednesday, Digital Learning Day.   With iPads making their way ...