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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 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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The Imperative to Close the Digital Divide

By Robert Tkach Robert Tkach’s engineering work vastly increased the transmission speed and capacity of optical fiber systems which underlie our global communications networks. Tkach has been recognized with the Marconi Prize,…
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Industry Collaboration To Make Internet Services Work for All Consumers

By John Cioffi We Marconi Fellows have developed and fostered important pieces of today's Internet that have been increasingly called upon to help people everywhere continue communicating, while "social distancing" and to help stem…
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Enormous Value From the Network

By Tom Leighton Tom Leighton is a pioneer in creating the content delivery network services industry which now delivers trillions of content requests over the Internet each day. He is the co-founder and CEO of Akamai Networks…
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Communications and Medical Technology Will Combine to Save Lives

By Claude Berrou Claude Berrou invented the ground-breaking Turbo-codes which led to modern advances in wireless, satellite and radio communications and have been incorporated into billions of devices. Berrou is the recipient…
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Accurate Measurement: The Key to Assessing and Predicting

By Brad Parkinson Bradford W. Parkinson led the technical design and development of the Global Positioning System, ensuring that the military also consider civilian uses which created entirely new markets. Parkinson has received…
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From Education to Biowarfare – The COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change the World Forever

By Whitfield Diffie This problem arises at the precise moment that we have the communications technology to address it. This is not the first time that an existential problem has aligned with our technical capability. AIDS turned…
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It Will Come Down to Critical Thinking and Preparation

By Vint Cerf 2020 will go down in history as a time when "sufficient" and "necessary" became confused. The extreme response in China ultimately had the desired effect of reducing new cases of COVID-19. In the US, the response was…
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Connected Medicine In the Age of Pandemics

By Arogyaswami Paulraj The COVID-19 pandemic will be a major social and economic disruption, but certainly not on the scale of World War I or II. While the broader impact of current pandemic should abate in two to three years, we…