EdTech Situation Room Episode 164

Welcome to episode 164 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 6, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed technology and mobile app woes in this week’s Iowa Primary party caucuses and election, a case study of ‘what not to do” with regard to copyright and Disney movies shown for a school fundraiser in California, and the 15 year birthday of Google Maps. The largest article collection in this week’s shownotes concern the distressing and horrific exponential growth in child sexual abuse media as documented by a four part New York Times article series from late 2019, as well as the related political debate today regarding impending encryption of Facebook owned mobile apps which accounted for 90 percent of all reported child sexual abuse cases in 2018 (according to the NY Times). In our show Wes explained how this article series, along with related EFF articles, are encouraging him to rethink an “absolutist position” when it comes to digital encryption on Facebook specifically. Additional topics discussed in the show included reflections on the viability of the iPad as a profitable platform for Apple, the predictable end-of-life / end of software support for all smart devices in our homes, and YouTube policy changes affecting creators of kids content as well as policy changes for election related content violating published community standards. Geeks of the Week included Digital Learning Day coming up on February 27, 2020, Wes’ updated “Digital Citizenship” Twitter list, and the “Planes Live!” mobile app for iOS and Android. 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 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. Iowa caucus app was rushed and flawed from the beginning, experts say (NBC News; 5 February 2020)
  9. App Used to Tabulate Votes Is Said to Have Been Inadequately Tested (New York Times; 3 February 2020)
  10. It’s not just Iowa: Election tech is messy (Recode; 6 February 2020)
  11. Disney sends $250 bill to Berkeley elementary school for screening ‘The Lion King’ (SF Gate, 3 Feb 2020)
  12. Youtube Rules Restrict Content Creators (The Advocate from Mount Hood Community College; 23 January 2020)
  13. How YouTube supports elections (YouTube Blog, 3 Feb 2020)
  14. EdTech Takeout Episode 71: YouTube is Changing (Shout out to Jonathan, Amber, and Mindy!)
  15. Part 1: The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong? (NY Times, 29 Sept 2019)
  16. Part 2: Child Abusers Run Rampant as Tech Companies Look the Other Way (NY Times, 9 Nov 2019)
  17. Part 3: Video Games and Online Chats Are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators (NY Times, 7 Dec 2019)
  18. Part 4: Fighting the Good Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse (NY Times, 23 Dec 2019)
  19. Grooming in the Digital Age (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
  20. ‘If Those Were Pictures of You, You Would Understand’ (NY Times, 9 Nov 2019)
  21. Child-Welfare Activists Attack Facebook Over Encryption Plans (“Facebook accounted for more than 90 percent of reports that tech companies flagged [in 2018] 5 Feb 2020)
  22. The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption (EFF, 3 Oct 2019)
  23. Carnegie Experts Should Know: Defending Encryption Isn’t an “Absolutist” Position (EFF, 25 Sept 2019)
  24. Parents’ Ultimate Guide to Discord (Common Sense Media, 14 Feb 2019)
  25. Happy Birthday, Google Maps! Google Maps gets a new icon and more tabs to celebrate 15th anniversary (The Verge; 6 February 2020)
  26. Every smart device you love will die — starting with Sonos (Engadget; 30 January 2020)
  27. Apple reports a record $91.8 billion holiday quarter (Six Colors; 28 January 2020)
  28. The Tragic iPad (Statechery, 28 January 2020)
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Digital Learning Day is Feb 27, 2020: https://digitallearningday.org (@OfficialDLDay) and #DigCit Twitter List
  30. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Planes Live!  iOS / Android

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