EdTech Situation Room Episode 129

Welcome to episode 129 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 3, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed more technology links than should technically be “legal” for a free #edtech podcast. Topics included the NSO Group and Pegasus iPhone malware and the proliferation of Android-based pre-installed apps posing privacy and security issues. Dangers anticipated via the upcoming bi-annual Windows10 update from Microsoft, Chromium browser benefits on Windows, and another Facebook data breach affecting over 500 million users were also analyzed. Google news included the 15th birthday of Gmail, new features including canned responses and scheduled messages, the effect of Google’s regular killing of its digital children (documented on killedbygoogle.com), and Google’s 2019 April Fool’s Day jokes. A shotgun wielding flying drone in Russia, prospects for a renewable hydrogen-based economy, and Mark Zuckerberg’s latest attempt to apologize for his privacy transgressions rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included Outline VPN, Daily Digital Alchemy (the next iteration of “The Daily Create” by Alan Levine,) free security awareness posters from SANS, a “Smarter Every Day” video series on YouTube weaponization, and a poignant letter by an Apple employee about alleged illegal searches by US homeland security officials at the US border involving his iPhone and MacOS laptop. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.


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  8. Dubious Denials & Scripted Spin: Spyware Company NSO Group Goes On 60 Minutes (CitizenLab, 1 April 2019)
  9. [VIDEO] CEO of Israeli spyware-maker NSO on fighting terror, Khashoggi murder, and Saudi Arabia (CBS News – 60 Minutes, 24 March 2019)
  10. Have I Been Pwned? (Check if your email has been compromised in known hacks)
  11. Android ecosystem of pre-installed apps is a privacy and security mess (ZDNet, 25 March 2019)
  12. Windows 10 update version 1903: Act fast to delay this big upgrade (ZDNet, 25 March 2019)
  13. Microsoft’s Upcoming Chromium-based Edge Browser Has A Few Features for the Enterprise (Petri, 26 March 2019)
  14. Millions of Facebook Users’ Personal Info Was Posted Publicly On Amazon Servers (Time, 3 April 2019)
  15. Official Google Video: Happy Birthday, Gmail!
  16. Gmail adds email scheduling and Smart Compose improvements for its 15th birthday (The Verge, 1 April 2019)
  17. Google shuts failed social network Google+ (BBC News, 2 April 2019)
  18. Killed by Google – The Google Graveyard: killedbygoogle.com)
  19. Google’s constant product shutdowns are damaging its brand (Ars Technica, 2 April 2019)
  20. Gmail’s ‘Canned Responses’ Feature Is Finally Good (LifeHacker, 27 March 2019)
  21. All of Google’s jokes for April Fools’ Day 2019 (Venture Beat, 31 March 2019)
  22. Mark Zuckerberg: The Internet needs new rules. Let’s start in these four areas (Washington Post; 30 March 2019)
  23. Facebook is making an all-out push for regulation — on its own terms (The Verge; 2 April 2019)
  24. Russia’s Shotgun-Wielding Drone Is the Flying Nightmare You Didn’t Know You Had (FoxtrotAlpha, 29 March 2019)
  25. Get Ready For 1.5¢ Renewable Electricity, Steven Chu Says, Which Could Unleash Hydrogen Economy (Forbes, 2 April 2019)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Outline VPN
  27. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Daily Digital Alchemy: one creative spell per day from @cogdogFree Security Awareness Posters from SANS – [VIDEO] Manipulating the YouTube Algorithm – (Part 1/3) Smarter Every Day 213 by @smartereverydayNo one should have to travel in fear (Medium post by Andreas Gal @andreasgal

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