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What does COVID-19 mean for the tech economy?

By Mark A. Bonta / March 24, 2020 / Comments Off on What does COVID-19 mean for the tech economy?

Tech-industry observers are, in a word, bullish about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the technology sector. They see an opportunity to profit from a boom in apps and network services for critical needs, such as education. The benefits of shared virtual experiences and live-streamed video are clear enough in a time of social […]

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American college students are being tracked across campus every day

By Mark A. Bonta / January 14, 2020 / Comments Off on American college students are being tracked across campus every day

If you are an American college student, your class attendance is likely being tracked, because, advocates say, it makes you a better student.  Yet some student and faculty groups are clamoring for greater oversight of what many see as an emerging “social credit system” that violates their privacy.   They say that these tracking programs are […]

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The schools of El Salvador are neglected and abandoned, with glimmers of hope

By Mark A. Bonta / November 4, 2019 / Comments Off on The schools of El Salvador are neglected and abandoned, with glimmers of hope

In one school, there is only one outhouse for 343 students — and no electricity, so the school must pirate it. Another school finds itself in a “neutral zone” between warring gangs, whose members play ordinary games of soccer against each other on school grounds. Yet educators there risk their lives if they try to […]

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Free tuition at Liberia’s public universities

By Heather Bourbeau / November 2, 2018 / Comments Off on Free tuition at Liberia’s public universities

Last week, Liberian President George Weah declared that university tuition at the University of Liberia and Tubman University, as well as all community colleges, would be free for undergraduate programs. The announcement is part of Weah’s goal to develop Liberians’ capacity and skills. Noting the link between greater economic growth and a better-educated population, and […]

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Argentina teacher kidnapped for activism

By Mark A. Bonta / September 18, 2018 / Comments Off on Argentina teacher kidnapped for activism

A shocking event in Buenos Aires evokes the specter of Argentina’s former dictatorship. Corina de Bonis, a local teacher, was kidnapped, hooded and beaten by unidentified assailants, and the words “Ollas no” carved on her body. The words refer to an activist movement in Buenos Aires by teachers following a gas explosion in a school […]

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