WASHINGTON - According to a recent U.S. Census Bureau survey, around 1 in 10 of the poorest children in the United States has little or no access to technology for learning. In addition, the data show that children's access to online learning is strongly correlated with race.

With schools across the country now relying heavily on online instruction, policies to address these access gaps have become even more critical. Below, Emiliana Vegas and Victoria Collis call for decisive action to help America's vulnerable students, many of whom were already at a significant disadvantage before the pandemic.

Also in this edition, our experts look at other technology issues amid COVID-19, demographic disparities highlighted by the crisis, and what's at stake for international development.