New York sued over homeless shelters’ Internet gap for remote school

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Homeless families and legal advocates sued New York City on Tuesday, claiming a gap in reliable Internet service to 27 homeless shelters where thousands of students were struggling with remote schooling during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan Federal Court a month after Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wi-Fi would be installed in all shelters with school-aged children.

The lawsuit denounced his plan as vague and instead demanded a Jan. 4, 2021 deadline for online connectivity. That will be the first day of class for New York City Public Schools after the winter holiday break in the biggest U.S. school district, with roughly 1.1 million students.

“We just filed a class action lawsuit against

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As Virtual Semester Closes, College Appraises Remote Programming Performance | News

As the fall semester wanes, Harvard administrators and faculty took stock of the promise and pitfalls of Harvard College Everywhere, a project the College launched to spur student engagement during the remote semester.

Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana announced the initiative in a July email to students, describing the program as a set of initiatives aimed at keeping the virtual campus connected. History of Science Professor Anne Harrington ’82 and Phillips Brooks House faculty director Julie A. Reuben serve as the program’s faculty co-directors.

“Harvard College Everywhere was set up to be an incubator for all the main units on campus — academic, athletics, wellness, the arts, student organizations, public service and house life — that normally support residential life on campus,” Harrington and Reuben wrote in an email to The Crimson.

The College built Harvard Everywhere around eight “squads”: academic engagement; arts; diversity, equity, and inclusion; house and

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Remote learning causes challenges for those without internet access

As more school districts move back to remote learning, what has become the norm for many families is a burden for others.

Disappearing students due to lack of internet access during remote learning



“I know I’m not the only one,” said Heather Johnson, a parent of two students in the Greeley-Evans School District.

The district is closing their campus Monday, and Johnson said she is worried about her kids. 

“My girls are both remote learning and my 14-year-old is special needs,” Johnson said.

With the rise in COVID-19 cases across Colorado, Johnson said her financial struggles have followed the same pattern. 

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“I was okay. We were okay,” she said. “We’re able to make our bills and everything, but we ran out of money around July.”

Johnson said the pandemic has cut down on her work. Now,

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Maine remote learning concerns amid coronavirus center on internet connectivity, less socialization

As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches past the eighth-month mark, many of Maine’s students, educators and parents continue striving for academic achievement absent the benefits of in-person instruction and faced with internet connectivity issues and other logistical challenges.

“Educators are creating dynamic lessons, parents are providing important structure and support in homes, and students are working diligently to connect with their teachers and peers during remote learning,” Jason Judd, Ed.D., executive director of Educate Maine in Portland, told The Center Square by email. “Many families have limited or unreliable access to broadband to support remote learning. Maine needs to make a larger investment in broadband to help every student access their education safely.”

Lack of day care options also tops the list of challenges amid the pandemic.

“Maine families are struggling to find high-quality childcare in order to provide support for their children and balance their needs to work,” Judd

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How Upwork’s First Female CEO Is Pivoting The Freelancing Business For A Remote World

Just 66 days into her tenure as the CEO of Upwork, Hayden Brown was forced to shutter and decide whether to sublease the freelancing platform’s physical offices and comfort many of her 600 newly remote employees—all while fulfilling her promise to complete a company-wide listening tour and a report on the state of the business within her first 100 days.

“This is a year where you can’t BS your way through anything as a leader,” says Brown, who was named Upwork’s first female CEO in January. “I always was committed to transparency and frequent communication, and that was part of my leadership mantra and style starting in January.”

Amid millions of layoffs and turbulent markets, the 22-year-old company has rarely seen as much success as

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Global Remote Office Software Market 2020 Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trend and Forecast to 2025

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Nov 08, 2020 (CDN Newswire via Comtex) —
A recently published report by with the title Global Remote Office Software Market 2020 by Company, Type and Application, Forecast to 2025 attempts to equip its readers with extensive and exclusive data on the market. The report covers the market landscape and its evolution predictions during the forecast period from 2020 to 2025. The report throws light on specific developments crucial growth triggering factors as well as market dynamics such as drivers, challenges, threats, a decisive overview of market segmentation, opportunity mapping as well as barrier analysis. One of the objectives of the report is to provide an overview of the global Remote Office Software market with detailed market segmentation by type, application, and geography.

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The report analyzes key statistics on the market status of the

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Remote education is rife with threats to student privacy

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An online “proctor” who can survey a student’s home and manipulate the mouse on their computer as the student takes an exam. A remote-learning platform that takes face scans and voiceprints of students. Virtual classrooms where strangers can pop up out of the blue and see who’s in class.

These three unnerving scenarios are not hypothetical. Rather, they stand as stark, real-life examples of how remote learning during the pandemic – both at the K-12 and college level – has become riddled with threats to students’ privacy.

As a scholar of privacy, I believe all the electronic eyes watching students these days have created privacy concerns that merit more attention.

Which is why, increasingly, you will see aggrieved students, parents and digital privacy advocates seeking to hold schools and technology platforms accountable for running afoul of student privacy law.

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How Silicon Valley, Facebook salary cuts are shaping remote worker pay

To adjust pay, or not to adjust pay? That is the question employers are asking as they rethink their compensation strategies in response to the new era of remote work.

Social media site, Reddit last week became the latest in a slew of tech companies to take a decisive stance on the issue, announcing that it would not cut the pay of its 600 U.S. employees regardless of where in the country they choose to live.

The call contrasts with those from Facebook and Twitter, which have said they will cut the pay of employees who choose to relocate away from their head offices in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area. Payments platform Stripe said it will offer employees $20,000 to help with moving costs but will then cut pay by 10%. Meanwhile, Software maker VMWare said it could reduce relocating staff salaries by up to 18%.

That has sparked

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11-year-old finds computer for Bronx girl missing remote classes because of faulty DOE iPad

A Manhattan seventh grader with only 11 years under her belt has already given away 25 computers to help needy students across the U.S. — but her 26th computer was destined for someone a lot closer to home.

a person in a newspaper: The Daily News cover featuring Regina Alston and her daughter.

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The Daily News cover featuring Regina Alston and her daughter.

Daisy Hampton, despite her young age, heads an education non-profit dedicated to erasing the digital divide. So when she read a Daily News story about a Bronx student struggling to attend remote classes on a faulty Education Department-issued iPad, Daisy knew she had to dig around for a laptop one more time.

This brand-new computer was earmarked for Kimani Anderson, 9, who was in danger of being reported to child services because of her online truancy — even though she and her mom could prove the girl’s absences were due to her DOE-issued

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Remote Work Can be Fertile Ground for Cybercriminals

Remote work is a double-edged sword providing a lifeline to businesses. However, it also opens them up to potential attacks from hackers.

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When the coronavirus wave took over the world and governments imposed lockdown and stay-at-home rules, entrepreneurs wondered how they were going to keep afloat. Everyone was trying to make sense of what was happening. Big tech companies took the lead when they permitted some of their employees to work remotely. Other businesses had no choice but to test this model of working. It was not a matter of choice. It was a necessity. The mantra was to save lives and businesses.

Somewhere in the shadows, I bet hackers were smiling. Christmas had come early for them. And we were only

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