technology-issues

COMMENTARY

Pa.’s Shapiro joins states suing Google over alleged search manipulation | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - December 18, 2020

The action by nearly 40 states is the third anti-trust salvo fired at the Web giant.

This Philadelphia church dared to imagine a digital workaround to pews emptied by pandemic

BY: - May 5, 2020

Dare to Imagine Church, Inc. at 6610 Anderson St. had no troubles going digital during the pandemic because it was already digital.

COVID-19 in W.Pa.: Community rallies to raise $95K to buy tech for Clairton students

BY: - April 22, 2020

U.S. Steel, a family foundation and local donors kicked in the money to help buy Chromebooks for students in the struggling district.

Pandemic highlights gaps in internet access, as Congress looks for solutions

BY: - April 13, 2020

Pennsylvania fell just outside the top 10 states, when it comes  to internet coverage, speed and price, according to a report by BroadbandNow Research.

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Craigslist at 25: A reminder that a more democratic version of the web can still thrive | Opinion.

BY: - March 2, 2020

By Jessa Lingel Fake news. Online surveillance. Phishing scams. Biased algorithms. It’s easy to be cynical about the internet, and harder to remember a time when being online felt less commercial and more democratic. But there was a period when websites didn’t rely on user data for profit margins, when people still viewed the internet […]

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AI algorithms intended to root out welfare fraud often end up punishing the poor instead | Analysis

BY: - February 16, 2020

States are increasingly turning to machine learning and algorithms to detect fraud in social programs, despite little evidence of actual fraud.

Here’s everything we know so far about Gov. Tom Wolf’s 6th budget

BY: - February 2, 2020

After a month of hints, Gov. Tom Wolf will finally lay out his 2020 budget on Tuesday in front of a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in the middle of a busy news week. This year, it’s the same day as the State of the Union address, the day after the Iowa Caucus, […]

COMMENTARY

Getting rid of online comments doesn’t mean the end of dialogue. But it does mean the start of civility | Lloyd E. Sheaffer

BY: - February 2, 2020

Let us all work to exchange ideas and debate important issues with comity rather than hostility. We can — and must — do better.

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‘Right to Repair’ has hit Pa. Here’s why it could be the next, big legislative fight | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 13, 2019

Through March, about 20 states had considered similar measures, according to published reports.

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Website privacy options aren’t much of a choice since they’re hard to find and use | Analysis

BY: - November 1, 2019

Opting out of targeted advertisements isn't easy. Simplifying and standardizing opt-outs would help improve privacy on the web.

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Increased funding for innovation is vital to economic growth | Opinion

BY: - June 18, 2019

Shortchanging innovation means shortchanging Pennsylvania's economy and our future as a commonwealth. Lawmakers can change that this budget season.

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Rare earths are crucial to modern technology What are they? 4 questions answered | Analysis

BY: - June 1, 2019

Most Americans use rare earth elements every day – without knowing it, or knowing anything about what they do. But they could play a pivotal role in America's escalating trade war with China. An expert explains.