EdTechSR Ep 211 Age of CyberWar

Welcome to episode 211 (“Age of CyberWar”) of the EdTech Situation Room from March 3, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed privacy issues raised by Clubhouse, Google’s professed commitment to privacy, and the Duck Duck Go Privacy app. Additional discussed articles included a sobering prophesy by the FireEye CEO on future cyberwar, how the “Blacklight” tool can reveal the extent of website tracking of consumers, and (thanks to Peggy George) an article about 12 essential apps to protect your online privacy. An update on the Apple M1 SSD writing issue, an effort by Arizona legislators to change Apple’s App Store payment policies, and the reopening of all 270 Apple stores in the United States were also highlighted. Chromebook and Google Family Link news and a new company promising to slash electric motor energy consumption rounded out the show. Geeks of the Week included a student eBook project from Casady School seniors (in Oklahoma City) and an iOS/MacOS remote scanning solution. 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. A Clubhouse Explainer: What Educators Should Know About the New Audio Chat App (EdWeek, 1 March 2021)
  9. Clubhouse in China: Is the data safe? (Stanford Internet Observatory Cyber Policy Center, 12 Feb 2021)
  10. Google promises it won’t just keep tracking you after replacing cookies (The Verge; 3 March 2021)
  11. Duck Duck Go Privacy App
  12. Cyber CEO: Next war will hit regular Americans online (Axios; 28 February 2021)
  13. 87 percent of websites are tracking you. This new tool will let you run a creepiness check. (Washington Post, 25 Sep 2020) – via @pgeorge
  14. Blacklight by @themarkup
  15. 12 Essential Apps for Protecting Your Privacy Online (PC Magazine, 28 Jan 2021) – via @pgeorge
  16. The M1 Mac write issue: What’s going on with Apple’s SSDs? (ZDNet; 1 March 2021)
  17. Arizona advances bill forcing Apple and Google to allow Fortnite-style alternative payment options (The Verge; 3 March 2021)
  18. All 270 US Apple Stores are open for the first time since March 2020 (9 to 5 Mac, 1 March 2021)
  19. Apple Launches Service for Transferring iCloud Photos and Videos to Google Photos (MacRumors, 3 March 2021)
  20. The case for expensive Chromebooks (About Chromebooks; 25 February 2021)
  21. Google is making it easier to swap between user profiles in Chrome (The Verge; 2 March 2021)
  22. Google Family Link (addressed in “Learning with Google” on 18 Feb 2021)
  23. 10 years of Chromebooks and people still don’t know what they’re capable of (About Chromebooks; 19 February 2021)
  24. Firms backed by Robert Downey Jr. and Bill Gates have funded an electric motor company that slashes energy consumption (TechCrunch, 3 March 2021)
  25. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Student Created Picture Books by Casady School Class of 2021 Seniors
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Today I learned the iPhone’s excellent document scanner can be controlled from a Mac (The Verge; 1 March 2021)

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