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    Week In Review

    Week in Review: May 16, 2021

    World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

    May 17 marks the anniversary of the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. Since 1969, the International Telecommunication Union has used this day to raise awareness of the benefits of telecommunication technology and the hazards of a global digital divide.
    What inventions have changed how we interact with information? “Information should be free, but your time should not.”
    The cofounder of Apple offered this often forgotten corollary to one of the most frequently cited maxims of Internet culture.
    Is the Internet making you stupid?
    The sum of human knowledge is in your pocket, but do you have the attention span to... SQUIRREL!
    What are the possible hazards of the Internet of Things?
    From “smart” doorbells to refrigerators that tell you when you're running out of milk, the Internet of Things may seem convenient, but your toaster might be watching you sleep.

    Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously (9–0) that racial segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits states from denying equal protection to any person within their jurisdictions. The decision thus rejected the “separate but equal” doctrine, advanced by the Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). Although the 1954 decision strictly applied only to public schools, it implied that segregation was not permissible in other public facilities. One of the most important rulings in the court’s history, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka helped inspire the American civil rights movement.
    A Historic Ruling
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    New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (LC-USZ62-127042)
    “Separate but Equal”
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    National Archives, Washington, D.C.
    Timeline of the American Civil Rights Movement
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