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Today, we’re happy to announce the 3rd edition of our dataset of  retail broadband Internet service prices. This release expanded the coverage with improved quality: up to ~3000 mobile plans and 1800+ fixed from major ISPs over ~100 countries.
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New post from Joep Konings at KU Leuven on a study of high tech employment in the EU conducted by Konings, Ian Hathaway, and Maarten Goos. According to the study's findings, "the creation of one high-tech job in a local economy creates more than four additional non-high tech jobs in the same region." This finding echos a similar finding in a report by Hathaway on the impact of the tech sector on employment in California, published last year. 
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White Spaces and Rural College Towns: the Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship
Michael Calabrese is Director of the Wireless Future Project at New America Foundation . Blair Levin is Executive Director of Gig.U Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler began his tenure by correctly noting , "Unlicensed spectrum has been a...
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Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog, announcing the release of Google's 2012 Economic Impact report. Some interesting data points about the way businesses are using the web to flourish. 
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Cross-posted from Medium.com, San Francisco-based civic designer, organizer, and activist Jake Levitas reflects on how civic hacking engage citizens in changing their cities for the better.
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International Broadband Pricing Study: Updated Dataset
Fei Xue is a Staff Analyst at Google For the last couple years, Google has worked with Communications Chambers to produce a dataset of retail broadband Internet service prices. We released the first dataset in August 2012 and updated it again in May 2013 . ...
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Study Highlights: "High Tech Employment in the European Union"
Joep Konings is a professor of economics at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Leuven, Belgium. In " High Tech Employment in the European Union ," a new report by Ian Hathaway ( Engine Advocacy ) in collaboration with Maarten Goos and me, Joep Konings, ( KU ...
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Announcing the winners of the Visualizing.orgTransparency Report visualization contest! Congratulations to +Frontwise, who took first place with their Google Online Takedown Requests Browser!
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Daniel Miller, professor of anthropology at University College London, writes about a global ethnography project seeking to understand the ways people in different regions use and are affected by social media. The participant-observers are embedded in assigned countries and, over the course of their 17 month stays, will gather qualitative data from their subjects. Professor Miller argues that, while it may not turn out the statistical findings so often used in policy argumentation, the results of this kind of anthropological work can be just as valuable in informing policymaking. 
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Last year we published an international broadband pricing dataset, and received a ton of helpful feedback on it. We've updated that dataset based on some of this feedback and are excited to share it here for your use!
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