EdTechSR Ep 325: Privacy and TikTok Ban

Welcome to episode 325 (“Privacy and TikTok Ban”) of the EdTech Situation Room from April 24, 2024, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week, Dr. Jason Neiffer and Dr. Wesley Fryer delve into a variety of technology and educational topics. They discuss Dr. Neiffer’s upcoming trip to Japan, providing insights into the extensive planning required for such an adventure. The conversation quickly transitions to pressing issues in tech and education, notably the recent U.S. legislation potentially affecting TikTok. This move by Congress, framed as a national security issue, opens broader debates on data privacy and the influence of social media on public opinion. The episode also covers the significant impact of artificial intelligence on content creation and the ethical implications of AI technologies. Updates from tech giants like Google and Apple are discussed, highlighting upcoming events and product enhancements that could influence educational practices. “Geeks of the Week” includes personal tech recommendations and educational resources, emphasizing tools that effectively integrate technology into educational settings. Our show was live-streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com. Please follow our @EdtechSR page on Facebook, @edtechsr@mastodon.education on Mastodon for updates, and join LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can. All shownotes are available on edtechSR.com/links. AI Disclosure: An initial draft of this episode summary was generated using youtubetranscript.com and a custom GPT on ChatGPT, as well as options for our show title! Stay savvy and safe!


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  8. Wes Fryer (Mastodon: mastodon.cloud/@wfryer) – wesfryer.com/after
  9. Author granted copyright over book with AI-generated text—with a twist (ArsTechnica, 18 Apr 2024)
  10. How One Author Pushed the Limits of AI Copyright (Wired; 17 April 2024)
  11. Deepfakes in the courtroom: US judicial panel debates new AI evidence rules (ArsTechnica, 24 Apr 2024)
  12. OpenAI’s GPT-4 can exploit real vulnerabilities by reading security advisories (The Register; 17 April 2024)
  13. Cool or creepy? Microsoft’s VASA-1 is a new AI model that turns photos into ‘talking faces’ (Tom’s Guide; 18 April 2024)
  14. Biden signs TikTok ‘ban’ bill into law, starting the clock for ByteDance to divest it (The Verge, 24 Apr 2024)
  15. Is the new TikTok ban for real? (Vox; 24 April 2024)
  16. China bans government officials from using iPhones for work, Wall Street Journal reports (Reuters, 6 Sept 2023)
  17. What the evidence really says about social media’s impact on teens’ mental health (Vox; 12 April 2024)
  18. Schools Want to Ban Phones. Parents Say No. (WSJ; 20 April 2024)
  19. Nation-state hackers exploit Cisco firewall 0-days to backdoor government networks (ArsTechnica, 24 Apr 2024)
  20. An Apple event is coming: What are you most excited to see? (9 to 5 Mac; 23 April 2024)
  21. Apple Releases Open Source AI Models That Run On-Device (MacRumors, 24 Apr 2024)
  22. Jason’s Geek of the Week: eSIMS for Travel!
  23. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: [PODCAST] How Should I Be Using A.I. Right Now? by Ezra Klein with Ethan Mollick and Apple in China – Face-Off: The U.S. vs China
EdTech Situation Room: Ep 325” (CC BY 2.0) by Wesley Fryer

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