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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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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…
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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…
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Three Lessons We’ve Learned About Digital Inclusion From COVID-19

By Samantha Schartman-Cycyk Did you know that 43% of the world’s households cannot take advantage of the educational and economic benefits of Internet access? Geographic and demographic gaps in digital access create a divide between the haves…
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Five Women Breaking Barriers in Tech

By Samantha Schartman-Cycyk When we announced Dr. Andrea Goldsmith as the 2020 Marconi Fellow, she made history. How? Goldsmith is the first woman in Marconi Society history to be honored with the Marconi Prize for both her contributions…
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20/20 Vision for a Successful 2020

Warm greetings for a very happy new year! By Samantha Schartman-Cycyk I am Samantha Schartman and I am thrilled to introduce myself as the Marconi Society’s new Executive Director. I cannot think of a better time to lead the Marconi…