EdTechSR Ep 207 Scraping is NOT a Crime

Welcome to episode 207 (“Scraping is NOT a Crime”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 3, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed digital security, 5G / Connectivity, Apple news, Google news, burgeoning Chromebook sales, and “the tech correction.” This included the threat and possibility of Google discontinuing its search service in Australia in response to newly proposed tax laws. Ongoing disclosures via Parler following the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. capitol were also discussed, including a Lawfare article explaining why the “web scraping” which was done to archive / backup Parler’s terabytes of user submitted media was NOT illegal / a violation of U.S. law. We also briefly mentioned two new videoconferencing / video chat platforms, Kumospace (via Peggy George and Teachers Teaching Teaches) and Class.com from Zoom. Geeks of the Week included Stack Social, Jimmy Wales’ nascent social network (WT Social,) an Ethan Zuckerman podcast interview with Jimmy Wales, the Chrome Music Lab, and the “Ground News” media aggregator. Jason delivered tonight’s 1AR. 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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  8. So You Got A 5g Phone, But Is Your Plan Ready? (The Verge; 27 January 2021)
  9. Adobe Flash Player Shutdown Caused ‘Chaos’ for Chinese Railroads for Over 20 Hours (Tech Times, 25 Jan 2021)
  10. South African government releases its own browser just to re-enable Flash support (ZDNet, 26 Jan 2021)
  11. Australian prime minister says Bing could replace Google (ABC News, 1 Feb 2021)
  12. Microsoft’s Bing ready to step in if Google pulls search from Australia, minister says (The Guardian, 1 Feb 2021)
  13. Canalys: 2020 Chromebook sales skyrocket. Here’s why that’s good for the long term (About Chromebooks; 29 January 2021)
  14. Tim Cook condemns Facebook business model, says valuing engagement over privacy leads to ‘polarization’ and ‘violence’ (9 to 5 Mac; 28 January 2021)
  15. Tim Cook keynote on privacy from the CPCD conference (YouTube, 29 Jan 2021)
  16. Jason Snell’s Apple in 2020 Report
  17. Apple planning to release ‘iCloud Passwords’ Chrome extension for Windows (9 to 5 Google; 27 January 2021)
  18. Older Apple TV will require AirPlay for YouTube video playback starting next month (9 to 5 Mac; 3 February 2021)
  19. Apple Planning Blood Sugar Sensor For 2021 Watch (MacWorld UK, 25 Jan 2021)
  20. Facebook Home to Militant ‘Patriot Party’ Movement (Tech Transparency Project, 2 Feb 2021) – Campaign for Accountability on WikiPedia
  21. Parler Wasn’t Hacked, and Scraping Is Not a Crime (LawFare, 1 Feb 2021)
  22. TikTok will now warn you about videos with questionable information (The Verge; 3 February 2011)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Stack Social
  24. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Wes on WT Social (Jimmy Wales’ new social platform – learn more via Ethan Z) and Chrome Music Lab and Ground News
  25. Shared by Peggy George in our Chat Room: Kumospace (new open source video chat platform in use by teachers & students)
  26. Zoom’s new videoconferencing experiment: Class.com

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