EdTechSR Ep 179 – Harbinger of the Tech Correction

Welcome to episode 179 (“Harbinger of the Tech Correction”) of the EdTech Situation Room from May 27, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the intersection of safety, security, medical needs and privacy when it comes to COVID-19 contact tracing. Developments around Twitter’s attempts to counter U.S. Presidential misinformation, “the human cost of misinformation” in the age of neo-coronavirus, and the challenge to mainstream media credibility posed by news outlets republishing Amazon press releases repackaged as “news” were also highlighted. A recent Forbes article on Chrome browser security was also discussed, along with the opportunity articles like this provide to practice web literacy / media literacy strategies like SIFT. (s/o @holden) The escalating battle over 5G infrastructure between China / Huawei and the United States was also discussed, along with reported issues relating to Apple iOS software updates as well as Microsoft Windows10 updates. A recent report by the U.S. Copyright office encouraging Congress to revisit “safe harbor” provisions of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) in favor of rights holders was explored. Geeks of the Week included Reflector 3 and AirParrot updates from AirSquirrels, the virtual MountainMoot (July 15-17, 2020), and a new project by Wes and Brian Turnbaugh (@wegotwits) formatively titled, “Conspiracies and Culture Wars.” 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 (normally) 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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  8. A third of Americans now show signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau finds amid coronavirus pandemic (WaPo; 26 May 2020)
  9. 3D Printers Are On The Front Lines Of The Covid-19 Pandemic (The Verge; 25 May 2020)
  10. Switzerland pilots a contact tracing app using Apple and Google’s tech (Engadget, 27 May 2020)
  11. Coronavirus: The human cost of virus misinformation (BBC; 27 May 2020)
  12. Trump threatens to crack down on social media platforms after Twitter labels his tweets (CNN; 27 May 2020)
  13. Social media bias lawsuits keep failing in court (The Verge; 27 May 2020)
  14. Why Twitter labeling Trump’s tweets as “potentially misleading” is a big step forward (The Verge; 27 May 2020)
  15. Facebook says Trump’s false claims about mail-in ballots don’t break its rules (CNN Business; 27 May 2020)
  16. How Trump leverages Twitter to spread misinformation (PBS News Hour, 26 May 2020)
  17. US local news stations air segments on Amazon penned by company’s PR team (The Guardian; 26 May 2020)
  18. Google Just Gave Millions Of Users A Reason To Quit Chrome (Forbes, 26 May 2020)
  19. China Just Crossed A Dangerous Line For Huawei: New ‘Retaliatory Responses’ Threatened (Forbes, 26 May 2020)
  20. iOS 13.5 Chaos: This Frustrating Problem Is Making iPhone Apps Useless (Forbes, 22 May 2020)
  21. iPhone User Mayhem: Here’s Why Hundreds Of iOS Apps Are Suddenly Updating (Forbes, 26 May 2020)
  22. What’s New in the Microsoft Windows 10 May 2020 Update? (PC Magazine; 27 May 2020)
  23. Windows 10 Basics: How to Pause Updates (The Verge; 22 May 2020)
  24. U.S. Copyright Office Says It’s Time to Update the DMCA—Mostly in Favor of Rightsholders (Gizmodo, 22 May 2020)
  25. US Copyright Office proposes stripping YouTube of some of its DMCA safe harbor protections (Reclaim the Net, 23 May 2020)
  26. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Reflector 3 and AirParrot Released! and Mountain Moot!
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: “Conspiracies and Culture Wars 1.0” (s/o @wegotwits)

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