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With the possibility of remote learning returning this fall, the City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the philanthropic community, and leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) recognized a historic opportunity to eliminate broadband accessibility as a barrier to digital learning. On June 25, 2020, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced the launch of Chicago Connected, a groundbreaking, multi-year, public-private partnership to close Chicago’s digital divide and ensure that CPS students and their families have the Internet in their home for remote learning.

Health officials are using a computer system created by a corps of programmers from the volunteer group Code for Baltimore, and the system can automatically email and text facilities to assess needs and provide info.

Ransomware attacks have increased in volume and speed, and their impact has become much more significant as many schools continue online instruction.

Cybercrime causes as much damage as drug trafficking combined, and is set to rise. With 5G, the connectivity will be instant, and therefore cybercriminals will be scanning networks for vulnerabilities much faster, Algirde Pipikaite, a cybersecurity and digital transformation policy expert at World Economic Forum (WEF), told CyberNews.

The state of Delaware will build more broadband infrastructure, conduct a speed test survey across its communities and help prepare students and teachers for distance learning with millions of CARES Act funds.

Telemedicine is not a new concept. In fact, Medicare has been offering telehealth services to enrollees for years, largely in an effort to cater to a population of older Americans in which mobility issues are prevalent. Telehealth usage outside of Medicare and Medicaid increased 4,347% on a national level between March 2019 and March 2020.

In an effort to narrow the digital divide, Allentown School District will be purchasing 3,500 hotspots to help provide Internet access for students as they begin the new school year.

A nonprofit organization based in Marietta, Ga., is one of hundreds of after-school providers, child-care centers, churches and community groups to open digital learning hubs throughout that state.

Two items on the agenda for this week’s Hamilton County, Tenn., Schools board meeting are aimed at closing the digital gaps among students, specifically helping low-income students access digital learning.

A new survey from CynergisTek finds widespread acceptance and use of virtual care among patients – but also shows that many would lose their enthusiasm if data breaches became common.

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