EdTech Situation Room Episode 131

Welcome to episode 131 of the EdTech Situation Room from April 17, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed proposed changes to the way Twitter is designed and works, the challenges of online discussion / dialog, buzz around the release of the Samsung Fold Android smartphone, and the continuing DNS hacks on core Internet infrastructure. Inexpensive facial recognition machines, Google location data in the hands of law enforcement, and harassment on WikiPedia rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included the free textbook “Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers,” Wes’ Mastondon profile address (mastodon.cloud/@wfryer) and the hilarious episode 140 of the Reply All podcast titled, “The Roman Mars Mazda Virus.” 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. How Jack Dorsey plans to change Twitter (Axios, 16 Apr 2019)
  9. Jack Dorsey says it’s time to rethink the fundamental dynamics of Twitter (TechCrunch, 16 April 2019)
  10. A healthier Twitter: Progress and more to do (Twitter Blog, 16 Apr 2019)
  11. Thoughtful Twitter thread by @holden about farce of dialog in class discussions
  12. Journalist Carole Cadwalladr says ‘the gods of Silicon Valley’ have broken democracy (TechCrunch, 15 Apr 2019)
  13. Samsung sold out of its nearly $2,000 Galaxy Fold in just a day (9 to 5 Google; 17 April 2019)
  14. My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day (The Verge; 17 April 2019)
  15. Samsung Galaxy Fold display issues emerge just 48 hours after first outing (9 to 5 Google; 17 April 2019)
  16. New report declares Google Pixel as #3 in US market share, OnePlus in top 5 globally (9 to 5 Google; 16 April 2019)
  17. We Built an ‘Unbelievable’ (but Legal) Facial Recognition Machine (New York Times; 16 April 2019)
  18. Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police (New York Times; 13 April 2019)
  19. Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa (Bloomberg; 10 April 2019)
  20. The wave of domain hijackings besetting the Internet is worse than we thought (ArsTechnica, 17 Apr 2019)
  21. A Deep Dive on the Recent Widespread DNS Hijacking Attacks (Brian Krebs, 18 Feb 2019)
  22. Wikipedia Isn’t Officially a Social Network. But the Harassment Can Get Ugly. (New York Times; 8 April 2019)
  23. Five big questions about Apple and Qualcomm’s surprise settlement (The Verge; 17 April 2019)
  24. Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers by @holden
  25. Wes’ ATLIS Workshop “Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacywfryer.me/exoflood
  26. Wes on Mastodon: https://mastodon.cloud/@wfryer
  27. Podcast Recommendation: Reply All #140 The Roman Mars Mazda Virus

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