Permanent Work From Home Is Coming: Many employers now say the benefits of remote work outweigh the drawbacks, but Microsoft found 162 million people do not have internet available at broadband speeds

Estimates of workers doing their jobs from home range from about a third to nearly half. And according to Global Workplace Analytics, “a typical employer can save about $11,000 year for every person who works remotely half of the time.” And workers can bank between $2,500 and $4,000 a year working remotely half time. The Global Workplace Analytics survey shows 77% of workers …

One in five White Americans don’t have high-speed internet at home, that ratio is roughly one in three for Black Americans, and one in 2.5 for Latinx Americans

MAY 19, 2020 We Should Own the Internet—Not Silicon Valley Oligarchs It’s time to stop treating high-speed internet as a luxury commodity and instead place it under democratic and public control.BY THOMAS M. HANNA AND ISAIAH J. POOLE http://inthesetimes.com/article/22536/internet-silicon-valley-broadband-covid-19-democracy excerpt One in five White Americans don’t have high-speed internet at home, that ratio is roughly one in three for Black Americans, and one …

We need to stop treating high-speed internet like a luxury commodity. It is time for democratic control of essential public infrastructure.

In the United States, market-led deployment of broadband internet—along with service provision dominated by a small oligopoly of giant telecommunications corporations—has led to inadequate development and severe inequities. For instance, according to the Federal Communication Commission’s estimates (which many experts think are highly understated), more than 21 million Americans don’t have access to even a minimal high-speed broadband connection of at least …

40% of Baltimore households lack wired internet access: 73% of White households have it but only 50% of Black households and 46% of Hispanic households have the same. Just 33.8% of low-income residents have wired internet service compared to 83% of households with annual income over $75K

Chris Teale@chris_teale May 18, 2020, Smart Cities Dive Over 40% of Baltimore households (96,000) lacked wired access to internet in 2018 through cable, fiber or another service, according to a study released last week by the Abell Foundation. The study also found that one in three households (75,000) lack a desktop or laptop computer. The report analyzed internet access in 33 cities, including …

Before COVID 36% of people worked remotely at least once a week, up from less than 10% in 2010: Who succeeds in the coronavirus-driven shift to remote work?

Roberto Torres@TorresLuzardo, CIO Dive, March 16, 2020  POST The Remote Playbook is a regular column for people who manage and oversee remote teams. As a remote worker, CIO Dive’s Roberto Torres can help shed light on the issues and trends impacting the management relationship. Want to read more on a topic? Email him directly at rtorres@industrydive.com. Prior to the novel coronavirus …

Best Social Justice Conferences of 2020

A new decade, a new moment to plan ahead! This year’s a big one, with a national election and census no less, the need for connectedness is strong. Because last year’s list was so popular, I’m again sharing the 2020 social justice conferences I’m most excited about. I’ve attended some, but not all, of these in the past. I return to many of them …

21st Century Bill of Rights

From Brand New Congress: The founders of the United States of America and those that followed established a Bill of Rights to constitute the values reflected by this great nation and those who reside within. Now more than 225 years into our nation’s founding, we recognize the current Bill of Rights falls short of securing the full scope of unalienable …

Tim Berners Lee Contract for the Web to make online activity safe and accessible for everyone

“While the web has created opportunity, given marginalized groups a voice, and made our daily lives easier, it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred and made all kinds of crimes easier to commit,” says Berners-Lee. His solution? A Contract for the Web, a plan to make online activity safe and accessible for everyone. Berners-Lee compares …