EdTech Situation Room Episode 130

Welcome to episode 130 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 10, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed YouTube’s challenges moderating objectionable content, the human costs of that content moderation, and the incredibly hostile digital infrastructure which is now online amplifying that content for apparently malicious purposes. HUD’s new lawsuit against Facebook for illegally targeted housing advertisements, and privacy and security challenges posted by pre-installed apps on Android were also discussed. Exciting recent Google announcements were highlighted including native editing of MS Office documents via Google Docs, forthcoming 3rd party add-ons to GSuite, and improvements to Hangouts Chat now integrated with Gmail were also discussed. From Chromebook land, the exciting announcement of a new #MadeByGoogle Chromebook, and Apple’s expected “reinvention” of MagSafe power adapters for USB-C devices were explored. Microsoft’s announced closure of its eBook store, the futuristic and arguably dystopian U.S. Army version of Microsoft’s Hololens platform, an intriguing SxSW musical performance utilizing sensorware, and the “Share No Evil” Chrome extension created in response to the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included resources for Wes’ upcoming ATLIS workshop “Filtering the ExoFlood,” the free eBook “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers,” Gobo.social, and the 2019 Webby’s. 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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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant (Bloomberg; 2 April 2019)
  9. The Human Costs of Content Moderation (IRL Podcast from Mozilla)
  10. [VIDEO] How this CRAZY copyright policy impacts me by Paul Davids
  11. [VIDEO] Manipulating the YouTube Algorithm – (Part 1/3) Smarter Every Day 213 by @smartereveryday
  12. [VIDEO] Twitter Platform Manipulation – (Part 2/3) Smarter Every Day 214 by @smartereveryday
  13. HUD’s new lawsuit against Facebook is a dagger at the heart of the consumer internet (CNN, 5 April 2019)
  14. Android ecosystem of pre-installed apps is a privacy and security mess (ZDNet; 25 March 2019)
  15. Google Patched Ads Into High-End Android TVs and Users Are Not Happy (Extreme Tech; 5 April 2019)
  16. Google Docs will let you natively edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files soon (The Verge; 10 April 2019)
  17. Google will bring third-party add-ons to G Suite ‘in the coming months’ w/ Box, Evernote, more (9 to 5 Google; 10 April 2019)
  18. Hangouts Chat coming to Gmail as Hangouts Meet adds live captioning & public streams (9 to 5 Google; 10 April 2019)
  19. Dropbox announces enterprise Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides integration (9 to 5 Google; 9 April 2019)
  20. Google Confirms New #Madebygoogle Chromebook Coming For Business (Chrome Unboxed; 10 April 2019)
  21. Exciting New Feature Coming To Chromebook Desktops (Chrome Unboxed; 9 April 2019)
  22. Apple Reinvents MagSafe for the iPhone, iPad and Macs (Patently Apple; 4 April 2019)
  23. WSJ: Apple Music Has Overtaken Spotify in U.S. Paid Subscribers (MacRumors; 5 April 2019)
  24. Microsoft is Closing Its Ebook Store, Edge Support (Thurrott.com; 2 April 2019)
  25. Here’s the US Army version of HoloLens that Microsoft employees are protesting (Verge, 6 April 2019)
  26. Electronic music has a performance problem, and this artist is trying to solve it (@verge⁩, 5 April 2019)
  27. Share No Evil is a movement to make sharing terrorist content culturally unacceptable in Aotearoa
  28. Wes’s Geeks of the Week: Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy and Free online book: “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers” by @holden and https://gobo.social/
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Vote for the 2019 Webbys!

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