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In this May 3, 2020 provided by TeleHealth Access for Seniors, Yale student Hannah Verma poses for a photograph near a table with mobile devices in Longwood, Fla. Verma co-founded the nonprofit that gathers smartphones and tablets that are then distributed to patients in need. The organization has gathered over 700 devices to distribute to patients around the country through doctor's offices and clinics. (Arjun Verma/TeleHealth Access for Seniors via AP)

Pandemic forces some patients to phone in doctor visits

Jun. 25, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

Video telemedicine took off earlier this year as the coronavirus paused in-person doctor visits. Earl Egner missed that trend. The 84-year-old diabetic and cancer survivor has no computer or cellphone. Instead, he relies on a form of communication older than himself — the telephone — to talk to...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019, file photo, English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, delivers a speech during an event at the CERN in Meyrin near Geneva, Switzerland, marking 30 years of World Wide Web. Berners-Lee said Thursday, June 11, 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates “the gross inequality” of a world where almost half the population is unable to connect, telling a high-level U.N. meeting “our number one focus must be to close the digital divide.” (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool, Keystone via AP, File)

Web inventor: Closing digital divide must be top priority

Jun. 12, 2020 1:57 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said Thursday the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates “the gross inequality” of a world where almost half the population is unable to connect to the internet. He told a high-level U.N. meeting “our number one focus must be to...

SAT drops plans for home exam amid internet access concerns

Jun. 2, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

The company that administers the SAT college entrance exam is scrapping plans to provide a home version of the test this year, saying it can't guarantee all students would have access to the needed technology. The College Board announced Tuesday that it's pausing plans for the remote exam but still hopes to make...

Fanny Mendez, right, mother of 14-year-old Marlene Beltran, left, and Felipe Beltrán, 5, helps her children at home to make a cube out of paper as they listen to an hour-long lesson broadcast by the Bacata Stereo radio station during the lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in Funza, Colombia, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. The Beltrans work on dairy farms and have no internet connection at home, so the hour-long radio lesson developed by the municipal government keeps the children busy while schools are closed. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Amid virus lockdown, radio lessons return in Latin America

May. 28, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

FUNZA, Colombia (AP) — At a small farmhouse outside Colombia’s capital city, Marlene Beltran picks up a ruler and crayons. She turns on the radio, sits down at a creaky wooden table and helps her 5-year-old brother with a lesson on how to make paper cubes and decorate them with drawings that tell a...

Maria Figueroa, a 34-year-old mother of four, fails to connect to the internet to send pictures of her sons' homework back to their teachers, from the roof of her apartment, which has gone two weeks without running water in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. With schools shut down amid the new coronavirus pandemic, students with connectivity receive online instruction, but most are not connected, nor have devices, requiring parents and teachers to make trips to schools. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelans struggle to educate kids amid pandemic lockdown

May. 15, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — María Figueroa often climbs onto the rooftop of her building in Venezuela’s capital clutching a phone and laptop looking for a signal and has paid to run an internet cable to her neighbor’s home, as she struggles to educate her children remotely amid a...