EdTechSR Ep 196 – Election Disinformation Brewin’

Welcome to episode 196 (“Election Disinformation Brewin””) of the EdTech Situation Room from October 28, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed election disinformation and countermeasures, deepfake threats, amplification of divisive issues by foreign and domestic actors, battles over WikiPedia facts, privacy and podcast tracking, and more. Adversarial interoperability, The Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure efforts to reimagine and rearchitect the Internet, smoking’s lesson for social media regulation, forthcoming updates to Internet Explorer, and Apple’s apparent foray into Internet search. Geeks of the Week included MS Edge on a Chromebook, Tour Creator by Google, a web-based teleprompter that listens to your voice and keeps pace with the speaker, and a new start engine startup (Neeva.) Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. 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. NOTE WE WILL NOT HAVE A SHOW NEXT WEEK ON NOVEMBER 4TH.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. Wikipedia’s Plan to Resist Election Day Misinformation (Wired, 26 Oct 2020)
  9. It’s Time to Talk Seriously About Deepfakes and Misinformation (WebRoot, 6 Oct 2020)
  10. THE WAR ON PINEAPPLE: Understanding Foreign Interference in 5 Steps – PDF (US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, June 2019) – Twitter
  11. The Kremlin’s Plot Against Democracy: How Russia Updated Its 2016 Playbook for 2020 (Foreign Affairs, Sept / Oct 2020)
  12. China and Taiwan clash over Wikipedia edits (BBC News, 4 Oct 2020)
  13. [PODCAST] The Perfect Weapon – An Interview with David Sanger (CyberWire Podcast, 23 Oct 2020)
  14. Is Your Favorite Podcast Tracking You? (The Markup; 8 October 2020)
  15. Adversarial Interoperability (EFF – Cory Doctorow, 2 Oct 2020)
  16. [PODCAST] Welcome to Reimagining the Internet (The Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure, 20 Oct 2020) – Twitter
  17. Thank you for posting: Smoking’s lessons for regulating social media (MIT Technology Review; 5 October 2020)
  18. Microsoft Internet Explorer users may be surprised when they get redirected to Edge next month (The Verge; 27 October 2020)
  19. Apple develops alternative to Google search (ArsTechnica, 28 Oct 2020)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Want Microsoft Edge On Your Chromebook? Here’s How (ChromeUnboxed; 21 October 2020)
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Tour Creator by Google and teleprompt.me and neeva.co (@neevaco)

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