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First Look: Internet Use in 2015

“As the Obama Administration continues to focus on expanding broadband access and adoption, NTIA released new data today that shows that some of the demographic groups that have historically lagged behind in using the Internet—such as senior citizens, minorities, and Americans with lower levels of educational attainment—are making big strides. Particularly promising, Internet use increased significantly among children and older Americans between 2013 and 2015. Children between the ages of 3 and 14 became substantially more likely to go online, as Internet use among this group increased from 56 percent in 2013 to 66 percent in 2015, and Internet use among those aged 65 or older increased from 51 percent to 56 percent during the same period. In contrast, usage remained largely unchanged among those who were previously most likely to go online, with 83 percent of Americans between the ages of 25 and 44 reporting Internet use in both 2013 and 2015.” (via NTIA)

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Orland library to consider new Internet policy

“The Orland Park Public Library board is ready to appoint a new trustee and return to the debate about the library’s Internet policy at a special meeting of the Board of Library Trustees Wednesday evening. The library’s controversial Internet policy, which lets adults use library computers to access any legal materials, including pornography, came under fire when two patrons complained in October. Dozens of patrons debated whether Internet access should remain unfiltered at the library’s November board meeting.” (via chicagotribune.com)

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Libraries want better Internet as they eye new tech

“Libraries say they need better Internet services as they provide new technologies to patrons, pointing to a recent announcement from the Obama administration to increase broadband funding for educational institutions. Earlier this week, President Obama and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced changes to the agency’s E-Rate program, which provides discounts to connect American education institutions to high-speed Internet. On Tuesday, Obama said that tech and telecom companies — including Apple, Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint — are giving $750 million to the program in services and equipment” (via TheHill)

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Downers Grove library considers looser Internet restrictions

“Downers Grove library officials are considering loosening Internet restrictions for children.Staff and trustees discussed adopting a new Internet use policy during its Oct. 23 meeting as part of the librarys strategic plan to improve web access for youngsters.Under the current policy, children under 14 cannot use the Internet on library computers unless their parents have specifically granted them access through their library cards. The policy only applies to library computers. Patrons using their own devices through the buildings Wi-Fi have no such restrictions.” (via chicagotribune.com)

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The Internet Is a Universal Human Right. Just Ask the Homeless

“Pugh is an instructor at the Tenderloin Technology Lab, an outreach organization in San Francisco that aims to help local poor and homeless people bridge the digital divide. The five-year-old operation offers free internet access six days a week as well as basic computer skills classes and workshops on blogging, photo editing, social media, and even entrepreneurship. Pugh and the Tech Lab staff help students deal with everything from everyday websites to Twitter and Facebook to newer internet tools like Etsy, TaskRabbit, Tumblr, and Weebly. The aim is to provide the city’s less fortunate with skills that can make life easier, help them connect with friends online and off, and generally boost their confidence.” (via Wired.com)

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