The week of June 26, 2016

Digital Divides

How Romania brought broadband to a whole country—and who got left behind

By Christine Ro

Romania has some of the best broadband connectivity in the world. So why are so many of its citizens still offline?


The Lifeline program, “Obamaphones,” and the struggle to provide broadband for all Americans

By Kari Paul

For more than 30 years, a U.S. government program has helped provide connectivity to the poor. It recently expanded to provide broadband access—but critics want to shut it down.

Can technology and a new way of teaching help Ghana’s schools?

By Rachel L. Martin, Ph.D.

In the African country, an ambitious program uses video conferencing to train underfunded and overwhelmed teachers. But is it enough?


The digital future of work is leaving the poor behind

By Skylar Baker-Jordan

Telecommuting is putting an end to long commutes—for everyone but those who need it most.

Reimagining the future of payphones in New York

By New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio

LinkNYC is a game-changer for New Yorkers who struggle to pay for Internet access.