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International Day of the Girl Child
By Connected Nation
Today we recognize the International Day of the Girl Child. This recognition began in 2011 as a result of global advocacy and as a way of recognizing the unique challenges that girls around the globe face. We join the world in helping to empower girls so they can achieve their goals. According to the United Nations, this year marks the beginning of efforts to bring attention to challenges faced by girls during and after crises that lead to economic and social strife—a time when girls are often vulnerable to sexual abuse and exploitation. We, as advocates for technology, have an important role to play in ensuring that girls have access to STEM education and technology resources that offer them opportunities to advance, overcome challenges, and help to rebuild their communities and create a better future for all. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) only 39% of countries provide girls with equal access to education....
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Aims to Bridge the Digital Divide
By Rachel O'Morrow
Over the past several weeks Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman, Ajit Pai traveled to Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, and other states to solve the rural broadband deficiency in America. During his trip he toured 911 call centers and joined in on roundtable discussions with emergency officials and school officials on why rural internet access is crucial for education and agriculture. Chairman Pai understands that everyone belongs in a Connected Nation, which will ultimately provide the same resources and efficient communication for all.   He tracked his travel via Twitter which kept followers updated on his progress. His first stop was at Saline County, Illinois at a 911 facility. Fifteen counties in Illinois collaborated to create an advanced 911 broadband access in rural areas, Chairman Pai recognized that this provides greater location accuracy in emergencies. In more efforts to bridge the Digital Divide, he visited with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and...
Catching Up with Digital Works Graduates
By Rachel O'Morrow
One of the greatest accomplishments Digital Works has is its graduates. Hours spent in the classroom and learning new tech and customer service skills pay off for graduates such as Amy Ferguson and Judy Moody.  Both women believe they owe much of their success and new-found careers to the Digital Works program and its staff. Amy Ferguson landed a job immediately after graduating from Digital Works. She received resume assistance from Digital Works facilitator Tammy Spring, which she believes helped her get her new job. “People in the class come from different generations and backgrounds, but topics were explained so that everyone could understand and comprehend,” Ferguson said. “The effect Digital Works has left on me is everlasting…I became a better person, learned something new every day and many of my skills have improved.” Judy Moody agrees. She graduated from Digital Works and began working in telecommunications with JCPenney. Since then, she...
Equifax Data Breach: What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself
By Connected Nation
Last week, another large data breach affected nearly half of all Americans. Equifax reported that hackers obtained personal information from 143 million U.S. consumers. Though details on the extent of the breach are still coming out, it’s a reminder of the risks that consumers and businesses face each day due to data breaches, and the steps that each of us can take to protect ourselves. Hackers were able to get names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Many experts are labelling this data breach as possibly one of the worst and most severe to date. A credit card can be canceled. A password can be reset. But your social security number and birth date are for life. If you are a victim, your information may no longer be protected. Are you a victim of the Equifax data breach? Find out at Don’t go to the site unless you are using a secure computer and Internet connection. If the...