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At a forum on Common Core and standardized testing in Plattsburgh last week, a moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris
At a forum on Common Core and standardized testing in Plattsburgh last week, a moderator asks all the parents in the audience to raise their hands. Photo: Sarah Harris

Student privacy a major concern

The state's Education Commissioner, John King, faced a bi-partisan grilling by liberal and conservative Assembly members at a hearing on growing concerns over student privacy.  Go to full article
Ron Flannery connects a Dickinson Center camp. Photo: Sarah Harris
Ron Flannery connects a Dickinson Center camp. Photo: Sarah Harris

Local internet provider connects the North Country

The Internet is a big part of 21st century life - people use it get news, watch movies, apply for jobs, and pay bills. But the North Country lags behind the rest of New York state in connectivity. 20 percent of people in the region don't have fast, reliable internet connections. That's compared to just 5% of people state-wide.

SLIC, a local internet provider that grew out of Nicholville Telephone Company, is trying to change that.  Go to full article
Brandon Mendelson. Photo: Matthew Farenell
Brandon Mendelson. Photo: Matthew Farenell

Former marketing consultant calls social media "B.S."

There's no avoiding social media these days--even if you're not on the internet, TV commercials urge you to like companies on Facebook or follow them on Twitter, newscasters read influential people's tweets on the air, and if you're not on Facebook, well, you're in for a lot of funny looks.

If you run a business or an organization, pressure to have an active social media "presence" can be intense--but the benefits you actually get from that presence may not be anywhere near as huge as what you were led to expect.  Go to full article
BrandYourself.com CEO Patrick Ambron works from his office at the Syracuse Tech Garden. Photo: Ryan Delaney, Innovation Trail
BrandYourself.com CEO Patrick Ambron works from his office at the Syracuse Tech Garden. Photo: Ryan Delaney, Innovation Trail

Company offers protection for your "brand"

Search engines and social media have put a whole new spin on managing your good name. An entire industry has developed in the quest to control what people find when they punch your name into Google.

The Innovation Trail's Ryan Delaney reports that a Syracuse-based firm is hoping to flip that industry on its head, and investors have noticed.  Go to full article
Its governments responsibility to figure out how to communicate with the person.

NY State to offer translation services

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Thursday saying his website will be translated into six languages--and state agencies will provide free translation services. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
I think it really does ratchet up the level of accountability.

Cuomo looks to website to make government more transparent

Following recent criticism, Governor Cuomo has launched a new website aimed at making his administration more transparent to the public.

The site lists events from his public schedule since taking office in January, and will feature on-line chats with top state officials, including the Governor himself, this coming Saturday. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the story:  Go to full article

Crossword buffs have an online meeting place, thanks to Binghamton prof.

Crossword puzzles are the kind of kitchen table sport you usually do by yourself. But like avid fans of all sorts, serious crossword puzzlers have found a community online. One of their most popular meeting spots was created by a Binghamton University professor.  Go to full article
Broadband internet should be something that every home and business in the town of Keene, and in general, should have.

Keene paves way for broadband

The North Country has had mixed success in winning Federal stimulus dollars to expand broadband internet service to rural towns and villages. But the Essex County town of Keene has moved forward with a grassroots effort, using a mix of grants and local fund raising, along with new, less expensive technology.

As Chris Morris reports, the organizers hope their project will serve as a model for other communities in the region.  Go to full article
Will the North Country's broadband infrastructure be ready for the next generation of businesses?
Will the North Country's broadband infrastructure be ready for the next generation of businesses?

Funds scarce for broadband superhighway

Across the North Country, economic development leaders say broadband internet access is one key to building more jobs and new prosperity.

But the infrastructure for broadband is expensive, often requiring miles of expensive fiber-optic cable.

Groups across the region have been asking for help from the Federal government to help offset the cost.

As Brian Mann reports, they met with mixed success - with some areas still struggling to find funding.  Go to full article

Stimulus money will expand access to broadband in the North Country

Almost $50 million in federal and state stimulus money will go towards building a better broadband network across upstate New York. The Development Authority of the North Country, based in Watertown, and Albany-based telecommunications firm, ION, will run the project. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

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