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Blog // Connect Michigan

Partners Bridging the Digital Divide

By Eric Frederick

Lack of access to technology, training, or reliable Internet are all factors widening the digital divide, causing or exacerbating education or wealth disparity through location, income, or age. Where the digital divide has caused great needs for technology, training or broadband access, many community organizations and non-profits across the nation have risen to the challenge. However, starting or expanding a new technology-based program in a community slashed by the digital divide raises many challenges such as how to find funding, where to find resources, and how to find experienced instructors. Though many established organizations have...

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Pay or Lose Everything: the Rise of Ransomware

By Eric Frederick

Recently, businesses, governments, and universities have been finding their information locked down under an ultimatum: pay up or lose your information forever. A familiar tactic in a new age, this is a virus aptly named ransomware, and it is on the rise nationwide.  Ransomware began with the Trojan horse program CryptoLocker. Spreading through infected e-mails, CryptoLocker made a victim's files—texts, videos, photos, spreadsheets, and more—encrypted and unusable. In its final act, CryptoLocker informed the victim that their information would stay encrypted forever unless a ransom was paid within a set time frame. Though the original...

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Launching Rockets and Igniting Interest in STEAM

By Eric Frederick

Mentors can make a permanent impact on a young person's life. Mentors can encourage children to challenge themselves, cultivate new interests, and solve problems in positive ways. The 4-H Tech Wizards program brings young people under the wing of caring adults while tackling fun, STEAM-related projects, giving kids someone they can talk to and work with as they develop critical thinking and creativity skills. The 4-H Tech Wizards program started in Oregon with the goal of giving extra support to children struggling in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) classes. The program is now active in 25 states, including Michigan....

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Broadband Helps Local Farmers

By Chris McGovern

It’s June, and that means the start of summer. Around here, that equals the end of classes, evenings on the lake, and the return of the summer farmers market.  Even though the county’s open air market feels like it’s a thousand miles from technology, local farmers are still benefiting from the ability to use broadband to grow, advertise, and sell their wares. The entire agricultural sector benefits from the access and usage of broadband service. In May, a Hudson Institute report noted that rural broadband services supported over $100 billion in e-commerce and nearly 70,000 jobs in 2015.  While that figure includes e-commerce from a...

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