EdTech Situation Room Episode 44

Welcome to episode 44 of the EdTech Situation Room from March 22, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. Visit https://edtechsr.com/links to access all referenced links from our show. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) was out on assignment this week. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Wes Fryer “flew solo” in tonight’s episode which featured discussion about Apple’s new iPad announcements this week, new “Share to Kindle” features in iOS, and Screentime / Digital Citizenship. In addition (as usual) articles relating to security, surveillance, and privacy were discussed, as well as some very insightful (and troubling) articles falling within the topic “Fake News, AI and Technology Dark Arts in Elections.” Wes’ Geek of the Week was the company Securi, which specializes in security hack prevention and hack cleanup for WordPress websites. Please refer to our podcast shownotes for links to all referenced articles, videos, and resources from the show, and take a few minutes to complete our listener survey on http://wfryer.me/edtechsr. Tune in next week for a special show with Maine educators Alice Barr (@alicebarr) and Cheryl Oakes (@cheryloakes50) who recently presented at an educational technology conference in Brazil. Next week we will also start 1 hour earlier than normal, at 9 pm Eastern / 8 pm Central / 7 pm Mountain / 6 pm Pacific.


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  6. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  7. Amazon adds “Send to Kindle” to Kindle for iOS, CarPlay support to Amazon Music (AppleInsider, 12 March 2017)
  8. Recap: Everything Apple Announced Today in Under 3 Minutes (MacRumors, 21 March 2017)
  9. VIDEO: “Weird Al” Yankovic – Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me”
  10. Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones? (New York Times, 13 March 2017)
  11. Phishing scam compromises Yukon school employees’ personal information (@KOCOPatrina, 5 March 2017)
  12. Even tech-savvy Gmail users are getting fooled by this phishing scam (@kimkomando, 16 March 2017)
  13. Ransomware Attack Locks Democratic State Senators Out Of Their Computers (@PaulBlu, 8 March 2017)
  14. You Need to Be Talking about Phishing and Ransomware (Wes Fryer @wfryer, 18 March 2017)
  15. Why relying on antivirus signatures is simply not enough anymore (WebRoot, 23 Feb 2017)
  16. Stingray phone tracker via Note to Self Podcast “Government Secrets Worth Leaking… or Keeping?” (@NoteToSelf, 15 March 2017)
  17. Introducing Firefox Focus – A Free, Fast Private Browser for iPhone (Mozilla Blog, 17 Nov 2016)
  18. Apple & others back Google in opposing FBI warrant for overseas emails (AppleInsider, 14 March 2017)
  19. The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda Machine (Berit Anderson @berit_anderson, 12 Feb 2017)
  20. The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind The Trump Presidency – Cambridge Analytica & Mercer’s role in Trump electoral surprise discussed – (The New Yorker, Jane Mayer, 18 March 2017)
  21. Jonathan Albright’s (@d1gi) compilation of posts on the 2016 U.S. election, fake news, and the artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms which shaped the outcome
  22. Book: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Jane Mayer)
  23. Securi for WordPress security & hack fixes (@sucurisecurity)

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