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470: Access in Isolation

470: Access in Isolation

Update: 2020-03-27


As the pandemic continues to keep a lot of us at home, today we look at access and technology: Social access to each other as we physically isolate. Access to the devices and data that keep us connected.

And securing access to the internet when networks are under strain. Even in your own home, with people working and learning remotely

It's easy to see why we often think of the internet as something intangible. We talk about being 'virtual' and storing things in the cloud.

It's not until something goes wrong that we're reminded the internet actually does have a physical form: routers, cables, wires.

Now that we're in the midst of a global pandemic, how much of a strain is there on that infrastructure? What can we do to keep the internet working well? How can we ensure that everyone who needs access gets it?

+ Mark Wolff is the CTO of CANARIE, which maintains the network that connects Canada's academic and scientific research institutions. He talks about how internet infrastructure is faring under the load presented by the pandemic.

+ Laura Tribe is the executive director of OpenMedia, an organization that advocates for internet freedom. She says the current public health crisis is bringing the digital divide in the country to the forefront. She shares some advice on how to make the most of unlimited internet access in one's household and community now, and what needs to be done to make the internet a basic service in the future.

+ Aimée Morrison researches how people represent themselves online. She explores the delightful, complicated, troubling, and goofy ways we're responding online to physical distance.








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470: Access in Isolation

470: Access in Isolation