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TikTok, WeChat and the growing digital divide between the US and China

Over the past decade, the dynamic between Chinese and United States tech companies has undergone dramatic shifts. Once seen as a promising market for American companies, that narrative flipped as China’s tech innovation and investment power became increasingly evident, and the expanding reach of the Chinese Communist Party’s cybersecurity regulations fueled concerns about data privacy. For years, however, there still seemed to be room for a flow of ideas between the two countries. But that promise has eroded, against the backdrop of the tariff wars and, most recently, the Trump administration’s executive orders against TikTok and WeChat.” data-reactid=”12″Over the past decade, the dynamic between Chinese and United States tech companies has undergone dramatic shifts. Once seen as a promising market for American companies, that narrative flipped as China’s tech innovation and investment power became increasingly evident, and the expanding reach of the Chinese Communist Party’s cybersecurity regulations fueled

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It’s getting harder for tech companies to bridge the US-China divide

Corporations have never been able to cleanly separate their activities from geopolitics. Now, technology firms are finding it increasingly difficult to work across the US-China divide. Try as they might to cross-pollinate through research and investments, the climate between China and the United States continues to deteriorate into political one-upmanship, leaving users to pay the steepest costs.

The Trump administration’s recent order to remove TikTok and WeChat from American app stores over alleged cybersecurity concerns was a direct challenge to China’s own efforts to build the next generation of global technology companies. At the heart of the conflict is deeply personal politics. Both apps survive in China only by the goodwill of President Xi Jinping, and both were at risk of being removed from the United States by order of President Donald Trump.  

WeChat and TikTok’s recent trials show how the chief executives in both China and the US have

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How states are bridging the digital divide in rural communities

  • Rural communities are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, as limited access to high-speed internet makes it difficult for people to work from home, access healthcare, and homeschool their kids. 
  • Brian Whitacre and Roberto Gallardo, experts in economic development, examined initiatives and restrictions from rural state governments to determine which policies impacted the “digital divide.”
  • Many states, including Minnesota, Tennessee, and North Carolina, dedicated funding, resources, and policies that have, on average, increased broadband availability and helped get rural Americans connected.  
  • However, Whitacre and Gallardo say access solves only one part of the issue — factors like affordability can also hugely impact municipal policies. 
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The current public health emergency has shown just how critical adequate and affordable broadband infrastructure is for communities and individuals trying to work, access healthcare, and attempt to teach kids from home.

Yet millions of rural Americans lack access to

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HISD fights digital divide with Digital Learning Centers

HISD’s 36 Digital Learning Centers will be open weekdays from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and provide eligible students with much-needed resources.

HOUSTON — Virtual learning is tough, but it can feel nearly impossible for parents struggling to provide their children with the needed equipment, such as laptops and internet.

That’s why HISD is opening select campuses this week to support families who do not have access to the technology needed to participate in online learning at home.

The centers are only available to those without access to technology.

The Digital Learning Centers, which are scheduled to open Tuesday, will be available to middle school and elementary students. They will be opened weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

HISD isn’t the first Houston-area school district to implement digital centers to help disadvantaged families. 

Fort Bend ISD is also transforming campuses into resource centers with Fort Bend ISD Learning Centers,

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Socioeconomic status and cyber: the new ‘digital divide’

A deserted Main Street in Illinois represents the economic challenges small businesses and municipalities have faced since the COVID outbreak. Organizations in economically struggling communities also face cybersecurity challenges, experts say. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

This is part one of a two-part series.

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages the American health care system, underfunded medical centers are struggling to provide adequate care. And patients in poorer counties, who may not have access to better options, are experiencing higher mortality rates than average.

Now add to this the growing fear that cyberattacks could strike one of these vulnerable hospitals or clinics. Naturally, the same economic struggles that restrict health care providers from hiring more doctors or investing in newer medical equipment also prevents them from staffing up their security team and bolstering their cyber defenses. And once again, it is the patient that ultimately suffers the consequences.

But this cyber “digital divide”

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