EdTechSR Ep 206 Tech Regulation Approaches

Welcome to episode 206 (“Tech Regulation Approaches”) of the EdTech Situation Room from January 27, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed our ongoing “tech correction” with social media companies, users and governments: The potential for new regulations on technology companies in response not only to the January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot in Washington D.C. but also the overall polarizing effects of social media on our society and government. Additional topics addressed in the show include broadband access challenges in the United States, updates from Google to ChromeOS and other product platforms, Apple M1 chip user reports and forthcoming software updates (including Google Drive File Stream in April.) Geeks of the Week included an amazing simulation video from MIT in 2014 about the CRISPR gene editing technology, Jason’s favorite (and top rated) standing desk, and the opening of NECC 2021 online registrations. 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) – Family Food Blog – blog:Moving at the Speed of Creativity
  8. [PODCAST] “Reflection and Insurrection” (You Are Not So Smart, 25 Jan 2021)
  9. Three Steps to Fight Online Disinformation and Extremism (Defense One – Peter W. Singer @peterwsinger, 24 Jan 2021)
  10. Twitter launches ‘Birdwatch,’ a forum to combat misinformation (NBC News, 25 Jan 2021)
  11. Join Birdwatch: twitter.com/i/birdwatch/about
  12. Birdwatch User Guide
  13. Biden’s Commerce nominee backs changes to Section 230 (The Verge; 26 January 2021)
  14. Social justice groups warn Biden against throwing out Section 230 (The Verge; 27 January 2021)
  15. CenturyLink, Frontier missed FCC broadband deadlines in dozens of states (Ars Technica; 22 January 2021)
  16. A big hurdle for older Americans trying to get vaccinated: Using the internet (Recode; 27 January 2021)
  17. Chromebooks Will Be Getting A Qr Code Scanner In Chrome OS 89 (Chrome Unboxed; 27 January 2021)
  18. Chrome Is Finally Rolling Out The Ability To Hide Your Notifications While Screen Sharing (Chrome Unboxed; 27 January 2021)
  19. Google Classroom Was Down And Out, Giving Students An Excuse To Avoid Turning In Their Homework (Chrome Unboxed; 22 January 2021)
  20. Google Workspace Status Dashboard
  21. New default video playback option in Google Slides (GoogleNewsApp, 14 Oct 2020)
  22. Google Drive File Stream adding M1 Mac support in April, Backup and Sync already updated (9 to 5 Google; 22 January 2021)
  23. Apple’s M1 Chip Has Us Very Excited For A Google Arm Processor [Video] (Chrome Unboxed; 24 January 2021)
  24. Living with a MacBook Air (M1) (PC Magazine; 25 January 2021)
  25. Apple knows dropping the iPhone Lightning port would create ‘unprecedented amount of electronic waste’ (ZDNet; 22 January 2021)
  26. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9 (McGovern Institute at MIT, Nov 2014)
  27. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: The Best Standing Desk Is Actually a Workbench Meant for the Garage (New York Magazine; 22 January 2021) and Come to NCCE 2021!

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