EdTechSR Ep 239 Debunking Security Myths

Welcome to episode 239 (“Debunking Security Myths”) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 17, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the politics of international Facebook criticism, Facebook’s role in Ethiopia’s nascent civil war, and Facebook’s (Meta’s) lockdown of internal employee speech and criticism. Some good stories of social media sharing involving WordPress and cooking recipes, the removal of “dislike numbers” on YouTube, and an excellent recent article on “ending WikiPedia source shaming” were also discussed. Spotify’s new audiobook acquisition, rampant disinformation on podcasts and YouTube, and Jason’s endorsement of the “5 x 5 Podcast Network” were highlighted. Articles on the impact of the global chip shortage on supply chains for Christmas, U.S. critical infrastructure being the target of Iranian hackers, and an outstanding article debunking “security myths” rounded out this weeks’ show. Geeks of the Week included Earth View from Google Earth, the CellCase Vintage Retro 3.5mm Telephone Handset iOS Microphone, and the Secure Password Generator website. 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! Note we will NOT have a show (due to Thanksgiving holidays) on November 24th!


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  8. Facebook Whistleblower Testifies Before ‘Grand Committee On Disinformation’; Which Includes Countries That Lock People Up For Criticizing The Gov’t (Tech Dirt, 16 Nov 2021)
  9. How Facebook Is Stoking a Civil War in Ethiopia (Vice, 8 Nov 2021)
  10. Meta Goes Into Lockdown (The Verge; 16 November 2021)
  11. Facebook job: “Privacy Policy Manager, AI Policy and Governance
  12. Wes’ cooking and food blog: food.wesfryer.com
  13. YouTube co-founder predicts ‘decline’ of the platform following removal of dislikes (The Verge; 17 November 2021)
  14. Stop Source-Shaming: Acknowledge Wikipedia in the research process (American Libraries, 1 Sept 2021)
  15. Spotify is acquiring an audiobook company (The Verge; 11 November 2021)
  16. YouTube: Manipulating the YouTube Algorithm – (Part 1/3) Smarter Every Day 213
  17. On Podcasts and Radio, Misleading Covid-19 Talk Goes Unchecked (NY Times, 12 Nov 2021)
  18. 5 x 5 Podcast Network
  19. Hackers backed by Iran are targeting US critical infrastructure, US warns (ArsTechnica, 17 Nov 2021)
  20. Securing your digital life, the finale: Debunking worthless “security” practices (ArsTechnica, 17 Nov 2021)
  21. The global chip shortage is a nightmare before Christmas (The Verge; 11 November 2021)
  22. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Earth View From Google Earth (free Chrome extension) and CellCase Vintage Retro 3.5mm Telephone Handset iOS Microphone ($11)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Secure Password Generator

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