EdTech Situation Room Episode 115

Welcome to episode 115 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 21, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics for the show included the recent outages of cloud services including Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory and LastPass Password Manager, and multiple signs of “The Technology Correction.” These included calls for regulating Facebook, surveys showing many young computer scientists do not want to work for Facebook, and Facebook’s apparent inability to regulate / fix itself. Processor upgrades to the Samsung Chromebook Plus, the enduring value of Google Pixelbooks, and Black Friday week deals on Pixelbooks were also discussed. On the security front, a new, stealthy Russian hacking tool, a phishing test tool, the first amendment and Facebook, and student protests over Facebook’s sponsored learning management system “Summit Learning” were also discussed. The use of streetlight concealed cameras by US security agencies and the viability of the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included T-Mobile’s One Plus Plan (great for international travel) and a technique for bypassing news website free article limits with browser incognito mode. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) 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. Office 365, Azure users are locked out after a global multi-factor authentication outage (TechCrunch, 19 Nov 2018)
  9. LastPass Knocked Offline, Freezing Out Password Users (Tom’s Guide, 20 Nov 2018)
  10. Microsoft and Google working on Chrome for Windows on ARM (The Verge; 21 November 2018)
  11. From Mark Zuckerberg to George Soros, here’s everything you need to know about Facebook’s latest crisis (The Verge; 19 November 2018)
  12. Facebook ads urge its staff to leak secrets (BBC News; 21 November 2018)
  13. ‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students. (New York Times; 15 November 2018)
  14. The Messy Fourth Estate (danah boyd, 20 June 2018)
  15. It’s time to start regulating Facebook (Washington Post OpEd by Nina Jankowicz, 15 Nov 2018)
  16. Facebook won’t fix itself (Vox OpEd by Emily Stewart, 15 Nov 2018)
  17. With A Core m3, The Samsung Chromebook Plus v2 Gets A Massive Upgrade (21 November 2018; Chrome Unboxed; 21 November 2018)
  18. The Google Pixelbook After A Year: 5 Reasons It’s Still Worth Your Money (Chrome Unboxed; 19 November 2018)
  19. $300 Off Any Pixelbook From Amazon!
  20. Technical error exposes Amazon users’ names, email addresses (CNet, 21 November 2018)
  21. Russian hacking tool gets extra stealthy to target US, European computers (CNet, 20 November 2018)
  22. Phishing Test Tool: https://www.knowbe4.com/
  23. Should the First Amendment apply to Facebook? It’s complicated. (Recode; 19 November 2018)
  24. Students protest Zuckerberg-backed digital learning program and ask him: ‘What gives you this right?’ (Washington Post, 17 Nov 2018)
  25. The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights (Quartz, 9 Nov 2018)
  26. Writing with iPad Pro: The first 48 hours away from Mac (9to5Mac, 9 Nov 2018)
  27. Almost 50% of the world is online. What about the other 50%? (The Guardian, 18 October 2018)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: T-Mobile’s One Plus Plan
  29. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Use Incognito Mode to Read Articles Exceeding Website Quotas