Open Technology Institute

“Map the broadband adoption rates in, say, San Antonio, and a pattern emerges that closely reflects the region's socioeconomic geography. Households in and around the downtown business district overwhelmingly have broadband. But just west of Interstates 10 and 35, in the adjacent neighborhoods that are home to many of the city’s Hispanic poor, fewer than 20 percent of households do.

From there, starting at the urban core and moving into outer neighborhoods, then into the northern suburbs and beyond, broadband rates appear to swell with income. A related pattern recurs in many cities: People are online in droves – watching Netflix, paying bills, reading the day’s news – downtown and in the suburbs, but not so much in inner-city neighborhoods.

Here is metropolitan San Antonio, on a map created by the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation. This picture is divided by Census tract. In the dark-green swathes, more than 80 percent of households have broadband. In the orange ones, fewer than 20 percent do.”

Continue reading: The Most Revealing Broadband Adoption Maps We’ve Ever Seen

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US | The crypto cat is out of the bag - An illustrative inventory of widely-available encryption applications [PDF linked from this page]

Paper by Jake Laperruque, Kevin Bankston and Ross Schulman (Open Technology Institute).

From the introduction:

“When it comes to encryption, the horse is out of the barn, the ship has sailed, and the toothpaste isn’t going back in the tube. The math, and the technology, is already out there. Therefore, any attempt by the U.S. government to pressure U.S. companies to redesign their end-to-end encrypted services so that they have the keys necessary to decrypt the communications - which is really just another way of saying ‘stop deploying end-to-end encryption’ - would be futile. There are plenty of other reasons why anti - encryption regulation would be bad for America , which we’ve laid out many times over the past year in Congressional testimony, research papers, blog posts, op-eds and more. But the bigge st reason is just this: anti-encryption regulation will not make us safer. It’s all cost, no benefit.”

Read more: Overview page with link to PDF.