8 Products That Excel at Protecting Children’s Digital Privacy

8 Products That Excel at Protecting Children’s Digital Privacy

A 2019 UNICEF study found that globally, about 1 in 3 Internet users is younger than 18. Parents let preschool children use their smartphones and tablets to stream shows and play games. School-age youngsters are online more lately because of remote learning that schools began offering during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools have become accustomed to relying on technology, which in some cases has made teaching easier, more efficient, and more inclusive. In some schools, computers have replaced notebooks and textbooks.Some regulations…

Why IoT Sensors Need Standards

Why IoT Sensors Need Standards

Sensors traditionally have been used for camera imaging, as well as communicating information about humidity, temperature, motion, speed, proximity, and other aspects of the environment. The devices have become key enablers for a host of new technologies essential to business and to everyday life, from turning on a light switch to managing one’s health.
Several factors are fueling sensors’ growth, including miniaturization, increased functionality, and higher levels of integration into electronic circuitry. There are also greater levels of automation being incorporated into…

Solutions for Providing Internet Access to Rural Areas

Solutions for Providing Internet Access to Rural Areas

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought home the need to provide Internet connectivity to underserved communities. Many people with affordable access have been able to work from home, learn remotely, and shop online, but that certainly hasn’t been the case for everyone. Almost half the world’s population has no Internet access, according to the World Economic Forum. And where access is available, it can be too expensive. The IEEE Standards Association Connectivity and Telecom Practice is working on the issue, researching communities’…

How Health Care Organizations Can Thwart Cyberattacks

How Health Care Organizations Can Thwart Cyberattacks

Ransomware and other types of cyberattacks are striking health care systems at an increasing rate. More than one in three health care organizations around the world reported ransomware attacks last year, according to a survey of IT professionals by security company Sophos. About 40 percent of the nearly 330 respondents from the health care sector that weren’t attacked last year said they expect to be hit in the future.
In the United States, the FBI, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and…

Has a Technical Standard Changed Your Life? Enter this Video Contest

Has a Technical Standard Changed Your Life? Enter this Video Contest

IEEE 802, IEEE 1547, IEEE 11073. These might seem like just a bunch of letters and numbers, but they are technical standards that have impacted our lives.

IEEE 802 is the suite of standards widely used for the Ethernet and Wi-Fi. IEEE 1547 provides guidelines to help increase the use of renewable energy sources. IEEE 11073 is intended to enable medical devices to share information about our health with each other.
Today there are nearly 1,200 published IEEE standards that aim…

Standards Take Online Gaming to the Next Level

Standards Take Online Gaming to the Next Level

THE INSTITUTE It’s no surprise that with people staying home more because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global online gaming market, including e-sports and cloud gaming, has grown by record amounts. The industry grew nearly 22 percent last year and generated more than US $21 billion in revenue, according to Statista. The consumer data company estimates there are currently 981 million online gamers and forecasts that number to surpass 1 billion by next year.
E-sports is one of the most…

A Deep Dive Into IEEE’s Recent History

A Deep Dive Into IEEE’s Recent History

THE INSTITUTE The IEEE History Center has chronicled the last 37 years of the organization and the impact it has had on electrical engineering in the 21st century. “History of IEEE Since 1984” is available on the Engineering and Technology History Wiki.
Readers can learn how IEEE transitioned to electronic publishing, its efforts to expand its membership globally, successful standard development activities, and other topics.

The IEEE Xplore Digital Library, launched in 2000, provides members access to IEEE transactions journals, magazines, and conference…