Marconi Society Blog

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As the U.S. Election Nears, A Proposal for Ethical Technology

By Vint Cerf The Marconi Fellows helped to create many of the innovations that enable unprecedented sharing of information, networks to build and mobilize a community, and economic and educational opportunities are tightly entwined with our…
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Digital Literacy is Essential for Democracy

By Samantha Schartman-Cycyk If you live in the U.S., like I do, odds are you are either planning your trip to the ballot box, have already participated in early voting or are eagerly awaiting your absentee ballot in the mail. Like many…
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Education in the Age of COVID: Connectivity is Just the Beginning

By Samantha Schartman-Cycyk It’s Monday. My alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. and I’m dragging myself to the shower by 6. By 6:30 a.m. my husband and I are luring our first grader out of bed with the smell of eggs and toast. A short reprieve…
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Get to Know 2020 Young Scholar Yasaman Ghasempour

This year, the Marconi Society named three Paul Baran Young Scholars, an award that recognizes emerging researchers from around the world whose work shapes the future of advanced communications technology. The 2020 Young Scholars, Yasaman Ghasempour,…
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The Digital Divide Complicates School Reopening Plans

As we mark the beginning of the school year, Vint Cerf and Martin "Marty" Cooper, two luminaries in Internet and communications technology, weigh in on the challenges facing virtual learning. By Vint Cerf It is nearly the end of summer…
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Progress or Empty Promises? Five Young Technologists Share Their Experience With the Gender Divide in Engineering

The research is clear: diversity in STEM has not improved equally across all fields. While biology and medicine have made strides in reaching gender parity, engineering and computer science programs continue to lag behind, leading to a continued…
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The Truth about the Digital Divide: Urban and Rural Barriers in the U.S.

By Roberto Gallardo When the COVID-19–induced public health emergency reached the United States in March of this year, parents and children were asked to work and take online classes from home. Businesses scrambled to set up an online presence…

The United Nations, The Internet and Digital Cooperation

By Vint Cerf On June 26th, the United Nations (UN) celebrated the 75th anniversary of the signing of its charter. I was honored to be asked for my thoughts on this milestone. The UN was forged from the fires and devastation of World…

Colombian Students Recognized for Addressing Public Health Concerns Regarding Air Quality

The Marconi Society is dedicated to supporting and connecting with the future generation of technical innovators who have a passion for making a positive impact. The Celestini Program, created by our Young Scholars, partners with universities,…

Rethinking How We Fund Connectivity

By Samantha Schartman-Cycyk The past few weeks have forced many people and organizations, including the Marconi Society, to think deeply about the systems within our society that perpetuate racism and continued barriers to opportunity. While…

Marconi Fellow Ron Rivest Breaks Ground in COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Marconi Fellows are recognized for their impact on society and humankind. As the COVID-19 pandemic radically alters everyone’s lives, we are proud to see some of these Fellows at the forefront of innovation. For the past few months, MIT scientists…