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Standards Certification Testing: Bringing Order to the Internet of Things

These vendors initially opposed the scheme, called Open RAN, because they believed that if implemented, it would damage—if not destroy—their existing business model. But faced with the collective power of the operators clamoring for a new way to build wireless networks, these vendors have been left with few options, none of them very appealing. Some have responded by trying to set the terms for how Open RAN will be developed, while others continue to drag their feet, and risk being left behind. The technology underpinning a generation of wireless like…

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EARN IT and the danger of making the internet safe for kids

Social media is bad for kids. At least it is according to multiple studies, former social media company employees, and the president of the United States. It’s also just one more way that the internet can be a dangerous place for children — a problem that lawmakers have been trying for decades to solve. They’re still trying. In the past, this has led to laws that are ill-considered, short-sighted, exclusive, and even unconstitutional. We all use the internet that these laws affect, yet they don’t apply to everyone, and everyone’s…

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The surprising link between Covid-19 deaths and … internet access

Two years into the pandemic, researchers are still trying to understand what makes some people more likely than others to die from Covid-19. Although we know some of the risk factors — like age and underlying disease — others are less obvious. Identifying them could ease our current pain, protect communities from future epidemics, and point us toward some of the societal fractures we should most urgently try to mend. One of the more surprising answers to this question is one that appears to have a relatively straightforward solution: internet…

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