EdTech Situation Room Episode 156

Welcome to episode 156 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 20, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed hoopla over YouTube’s new requirements for “Creators” worldwide uploading videos to comply with COPPA law in the United States. The ongoing collapse of our information ecosystem thanks (in large part) to both disinformation and the monopolistic domination of global advertising revenues by Facebook and Google, the Russian effective techniques of “narrative laundering” highlighted by Rene DiResta (@noupside) and the need for “media literacy for all” so we can proactively “filter our feeds” were highlighted. The importance of using unique passwords (as highlighted by Disney+ account hacks,) the limitations of the Google Chrome password manager, and the proliferation of human engineering schemes to trick users / steal their money were discussed. Google updates included forthcoming support for audio embeds in Google Slides and the open sourcing of Google Cardboard. On AI and automation, a recent mass surveillance protest in Washington D.C. in which “14,000 people’s faces were non-consensually scanned,” the availability of a “robot lawyer” for legal services, and the risk posed by automation to white collar jobs were highlighted. The importance of purchasing separate streaming boxes / devices for televisions in our homes and offices and the VERY poor sales data for Google Smart Speakers rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included the danger of USB charging ports and the options to use a “USB condom,” National Geographic Educator Certification, and the Ecosia Chrome search extension. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. YouTube’s new kids’ content system has creators scrambling (The Verge; 13 November 2019)
  9. Important Update for All Creators: Complying with COPPA (YouTube)
  10. YouTube Support: Determining if your content is made for kids
  11. YouTube Support: Set your channel or video’s audience
  12. [PODCAST] Facebook battles harmful posts (BBC Tech Tent, 15 Nov 2019, @bbctechtent)
  13. Here’s how Russia will attack the 2020 election. We’re still not ready (Washington Post, 15 Nov 2019)
  14. Follow Renee DiResta on Twitter right now (@noupside)
  15. The collapse of the information ecosystem poses profound risks for humanity (Guardian, 19 Nov 2019)
  16. Repeated from last week: Information disorder: ‘The techniques we saw in 2016 have evolved’ (First Draft, 21 Oct 2019)
  17. Program or Be Programmed by Douglas Rushkoff
  18. Windows 7 EOL in 54 days!
  19. Upgrade to Windows 10 free, here’s how (CNet; 16 November 2019)
  20. So, your Disney+ account was hacked. Here’s what to do (CNN, 19 Nov 2019)
  21. Google Chrome Password Manager: passwords.google.com
  22. Cybercriminals Are Hacking Human Nature To Steal Billions From Us (NPR, 18 Nov 2019)
  23. Rollout update for adding audio to Google Slides presentations (GSuite Updates; 11 November 2019)
  24. Google open-sources Cardboard to keep ‘no-frills’ VR widely available (VentureBeat; 6 November 2019)
  25. Activists want Congress to ban facial recognition. So they scanned lawmakers’ faces (Vox, 15 Nov 2019)
  26. ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims (NYTimes, 16 Nov 2019)
  27. “In the Age of AI” (PBS Frontline, 5 Nov 2019)
  28. This ‘robot lawyer’ can take the mystery out of license agreements (The Verge; 20 November 2019)
  29. “Knowledge Workers” could be the most impacted by future automation (Recode; 20 November 2019)
  30. Smart TVs are having a rotten couple of weeks, and it proves why you should buy a separate media streaming device (Business Insider; 16 November 2019)
  31. Almost no one is buying Google smart speakers anymore (Boy Genius Report; 15 November 2019)
  32. Don’t use public USB charging ports (TechRadar Pro; 15 November 2019) – USB Defender (USB Condom)
  33. OCETL CTO Forum 26 April 2019 Twitter Moment by @wfryer
  34. National Geographic teacher certification (Twitter thread) and Ecosia

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