EdTechSR Ep 227 Facebook Bad Actor

Welcome to episode 227 (“Facebook Bad Actor”) of the EdTech Situation Room from August 11, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s new “Cursive” app for ChromeOS, Facebook’s shutdown of disinformation academic researchers, growing distrust of Facebook as a platform overall, and efforts by Facebook to re-engineer its advertisements to allegedly support more user privacy. The reality that purchased digital movies are really just leased, Microsoft Edge’s “Super Duper Secure Mode” (yes, that’s the actual title), and AT&T’s supply chain fiber woes were also discussed. A recent hack involving $600 million of cryptocurrency and a bipartisan bill targeting Apple and Google app store dominance were articles rounding out this week’s show. Geeks of the Week included Chirp Audio Books, a recent @veritasium video on “This is why we can’t have nice things,” and the free app EasyRes for MacOS. Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! 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. Stay savvy and safe!


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  8. “Cursive” – A handwritten Notes App is a Google Chromebook-exclusive Competitor to OneNote (Chrome Unboxed, 11 Aug 2021)
  9. Chrome OS 92 Stable update arrives: Here’s what you need to know (Updated) (About Chromebooks; 2 August 2021)
  10. What Happens When A Chrome OS Device Is No Longer Supported? (Chrome Unboxed; 3 August 2021)
  11. Facebook shut down political ad research, daring authorities to pursue regulation (Mashable; 8 August 2021)
  12. Facebook Boots NYU Disinformation Researchers Off Its Platform And Critics Cry Foul (NPR, 4 Aug 2021)
  13. “People do not trust that Facebook is a healthy ecosystem” (Recode; 6 August 2021)
  14. Facebook is rebuilding its ads to know a lot less about you (The Verge; 11 August 2021)
  15. You Don’t Really Own the Digital Movies You Buy (Wirecutter from the New York Times; 4 August 2021)
  16. Microsoft is testing a ‘Super Duper Secure Mode’ for the Edge browser (MS Power User; 5 August 2021)
  17. AT&T delays 500,000 fiber-to-the-home builds due to severe fiber shortage (ArsTechnica, 11 Aug 2021)
  18. Hackers siphon $600 million in digital tokens, crypto network says (ArsTechnica, 11 Aug 2021)
  19. New bipartisan Senate bill takes aim at Apple and Google’s app store dominance (CNN Business; 11 August 2021)
  20. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Chirp Audio Books
  21. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: “This is why we can’t have nice things” by @veritasium and EasyRes for MacOS

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