EdTechSR Ep 224 Stores Watch You

Welcome to episode 224 (“Stores Watch You”) of the EdTech Situation Room from July 21, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the extent of retail facial recognition and why it matters, Automattic’s acquisition of PocketCasts, the recent FTC ruling supporting the “Right to Repair,” and ongoing proposals for “Big Tech Regulation” / “The Tech Correction.” Additional topics highlighted included useful iOS apps for sketchnoting, Chromebook advice, improvements in Zoom for ChromeOS, the increased national focus on vaccine disinformation and more. 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. Popular Podcast App Pocket Casts Joins Automattic (The WordPress Blog; 21 July 2021)
  9. From Macy’s to Albertsons, facial recognition is already everywhere (Recode; 19 July 2021)
  10. Fight for the Future Database
  11. The MAGA-targeted “Freedom Phone” has a breathtaking amount of red flags (ArsTechnica, 20 July 2021)
  12. “Right wing apps” Newsmax, OANN, Parler, and Rumble
  13. New Florida law doesn’t require university students, faculty and staff to register political views (PolitiFact, 25 June 2021)
  14. Twitter suspends Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for spreading covid-19 misinformation (Washington Post, 20 July 2021)
  15. The Best iPad Drawing Apps (That Aren’t Adobe Fresco) (Lifehacker; 30 June 2021)
  16. FTC unanimously adopts Right to Repair policy to reduce restrictions from manufacturers like Apple (9to5Mac, 21 July 2021)
  17. YouTube will make Unlisted videos uploaded before 2017 private next month (9 to 5 Google; 23 June 2021)
  18. Here’s why I can’t pick the best Chromebook (About Chromebooks, 8 July 2021)
  19. Zoom will get a more functional app for Chromebooks next week; PWA will be in Play Store (9 to 5 Google; 26 June 2021)
  20. Twitter May Start Labeling Your Tweets Based on How Wrong You Are (Gizmodo, 31 May 2021)
  21. Right or Left, You Should Be Worried About Big Tech Censorship (EFF; 16 July 2021)
  22. Twitter for iOS begins testing dislike button for some users (9to5Mac, 21 July 2021)
  23. Alarming number of Americans think vaccines contain microchips to control people (The Hill, 19 July 2021)
  24. ‘Facebook isn’t killing people’: Biden softens his attack over vaccine misinformation. (NY Times, 19 July 2021)
  25. A federal judge upholds Indiana University’s vaccination requirement for students (NY Times,  20 July 2021)