Posts tagged ‘Google’

Launching the Internet—by Balloon

Steven Levy ’74g went to New Zealand to report his latest story for Wired—a tale of how Google is trying to bring Internet access to some pretty remote locations using a pretty wild scheme. It involves putting antennas into solar-power balloons and launching them into the stratosphere. Google calls the idea Project Loon, because it’s kind of crazy. But it just might work.

Levy writes that Project Loon could “provide Internet to a significant chunk of the world’s 5 billion unconnected souls, enriching their lives with vital news, precious educational materials, lifesaving health information, and images of grumpy cats.”

Levy’s story is accompanied by some cool photos of the project.

Tina Hay, editor

June 17, 2013 at 9:52 am 3 comments

Bringing Web 2.0—to Iraq?

levy_contingent_2You’d think Iraq has more important things to worry about than Twitter and Facebook, but in fact that country has almost zero Internet infrastructure—and developing that infrastructure could play a big role in getting Iraq back on its feet. At least that’s the idea behind a State Department-sponsored trip that’s in progress over there right now. A delegation that includes representatives from Google, YouTube, and Twitter, among others, is wrapping up its visit today.

The one and only embedded reporter in the delegation is Penn State grad Steven Levy ’74g, who is a writer for Wired magazine. You can read his initial report from Iraq, filed yesterday, here and another Wired story on the trip here.

Tina Hay, editor

April 23, 2009 at 10:59 am 1 comment


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