EdTechSR Ep 228 NFT Rock Bargains

Welcome to episode 228 (“NFT Rock Bargains”) of the EdTech Situation Room from August 18, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Microsoft “PrintNightmare Ransomware,” T-Mobile’s confirmed (and large) customer data breach, and the differences between Credit Freezes and Fraud Alerts. An amazing podcast interview with Eswar Prasad about “Why Crypto Matters,” a crazy article about free clipart of a cartoon rock becoming a $300K NFT, and Apple’s problematic blunders offering paid podcast subscriptions were also discussed. The Facebook Transparency Center’s Q2 2021 report, a Yale University research study showing “‘Likes’ and ‘shares’ teach people to express more outrage online,” a powerful podcast interview with Roger McNamee on “Holding Tech Accountable,” and the unfortunate amplification of anti-vax nurses were highlighted on the social media front. In Google news, Google’s forthcoming “hardware campus” and upgrades to Google Meet for multiple co-hosts were discussed. Free availability of Windows11 for download was highlighted. Lastly, Zoom’s new “focus mode” which hides classmate videos from each other during a videoconference was both highlighted and criticized. Geeks of the Week included the (free) Chromebook App Hub from Google, and a helpful article on using “your web browser’s ‘Readier Mode’ to minimize distractions.” 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. Night Terrors: Ransomware Campaigns Are Exploiting PrintNightmare (PC Magazine; 14 August 2021)
  9. T-Mobile investigating report of customer data breach that reportedly involves 100 million people (The Verge; 15 August 2021)
  10. T-Mobile confirms data breach affects over 47 million people (Engadget, 18 Aug 2021)
  11. What To Know About Credit Freezes and Fraud Alerts (FTC)
  12. [PODCAST] Why Crypto Matters with Eswar Prasad (Open Mind Podcast, 9 August 2021)
  13. Free Clipart of a Cartoon Rock Is Selling for $300,000 as NFTs (Motherboard, 17 Aug 2021)
  14. Apple’s Attempt At Podcast Subscriptions Is Off To A Messy Start (The Verge; 18 August 2021)
  15. Podlove Podcast Publisher (the WordPress plugin we use for EdTechSR)
  16. Widely Viewed Content Report: What People See on Facebook (Facebook)
  17. ‘Likes’ and ‘shares’ teach people to express more outrage online (Yale News, 13 Aug 2021)
  18. [PODCAST] Holding Tech Accountable: An interview with Roger McNamee (The Sunday Show, 15 Aug 2021)
  19. As vaccine mandates spread, protests follow — some spurred by nurses (NBC News, 11 Aug 2021)
  20. Google is Building a Campus Just for Hardware (Thurrott.com; 9 August 2021)
  21. Google makes Meet moderation easier by allowing up to 25 people to co-host (Engadget; 13 August 2021)
  22. Zoom’s new focus mode could keep students from distracting each other (The Verge; 11 August 2021)
  23. Chromebook App Hub from Google
  24. How to Use Your Browser’s ‘Reader Mode’ to Actually Read What You Click (Lifehacker; 13 August 2021)

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