EdTechSR Ep 201 – Facebook’s Reckoning Approaches

Welcome to episode 201 (“Facebook’s Reckoning Approaches”) of the EdTech Situation Room from December 9, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed new lawsuits brought against Facebook by the FTC and 48 state attorneys general. Apple’s new privacy disclosure requirements for developers, the last update for Adobe Flash, and a critical expose of the website PornHub were also highlighted. A recent nation-state hack of the top tier cybersecurity company FireEye, the sufficiency of Windows Defender for security protection of WindowsOS systems, Google and password manager audit tools, and the Apple / Cloudflare initiative to secure DNS via new protocols were discussed. Ways to protect privacy with a smart speaker in your house, the vulnerability of both passwords and SMS-based two factor authentication, and the website HaveIBeenPwned.com were topics rounding out this week’s show. Geeks of the Week included the recent #digiURI Media Club meetup discussing the TED Radio Hour Episode, “IRL Online,” Kevin MacLeod’s websites for free music downloads, and the GoSund Smart Plugs. 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.


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.orgShared Media Literacy Lessons & Curriculum
  8. The FTC is suing Facebook to unwind its acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp (The Verge, 9 Dec 2020)
  9. Apple announces $549 AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones, coming December 15th (The Verge, 8 Dec 2020)
  10. App privacy details on the App Store (Apple, 8 Dec 2020)
  11. Adobe just released the last Flash update ever (The Verge, 9 Dec 2020)
  12. Ruffle (Flash Player Emulator)
  13. The Children of Pornhub (NY Times, 4 Dec 2020)
  14. Pornhub limits uploads and disables downloads after New York Times exposé (The Verge, 8 Dec 2020)
  15. Premiere security firm FireEye says it was breached by nation-state hackers (ArsTechnica, 8 Dec 2020)
  16. Is Windows Defender Good Enough to Protect Your PC by Itself? (PC Magazine, 30 Nov 2020)
  17. Google Password Checkup
  18. Cloudflare, Apple, and others back a new way to make the Internet more private (ArsTechnica, 8 Dec 2020)
  19. How to keep the smart speaker you got for the holidays and still keep some of your privacy, too (Recode, 9 Dec 2020)
  20. Your Password Isn’t Safe, Neither Is Typical Multi-Factor Authentication, Microsoft Warns (Forbes, 14 Nov 2020)
  21. haveibeenpwned.com (Maintained by Microsoft Engineer Troy Hunt – English WikiPedia)
  22. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Discussing “IRL Online” with the #digiURI Media ClubIRL Online (TED Radio Hour, 30 March 2020) – GoSund Smart Plugs
  23. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: incompetech.comincompetech.filmmusic.io

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