Truth and Falsehoods
Digitally Lit #235 – 2/29/2020**
Hi all, welcome to issue #235 of Digitally Literate.
I posted and shared the following this week:
- Co-Constructing Digital Futures – Several members of the Screentime Research Group have been conducting research on the challenges and opportunities that exist as children grow up in an world that is increasingly dictated by algorithms. You can review the submitted manuscript here.
- Overcoming Fear & Developing Vigilance – This episode of the Technopanic Podcast is part of the research piece I linked above. In this I (Ian O’Byrne) reflect on the research being conducted.
- Raising Media-Savvy Kids – We released another episode of the Technopanic Podcast this week. This episode is a discussion with Megan Herbst, a fact-checker & contributor at Wired Magazine. We discuss media literacy & how parents can help children to be more critical consumers of information.
- Web Literate Educator – I have been slowing revising the open educational resource (OER) for the technology classes I teach. You can follow along here on the Google Site.
We all read Orwell’s 1984 in high school, but some people didn’t get the warning—facial recognition surveillance is spreading. If we don’t speak out, soon every campus could be equipped with invasive technology that monitors everything we do, including who students hang out with, and what they do outside of class. It’s time to stop facial recognition on campus before we have no liberties left!
On March 2, student groups across the country are coming together to protest the erosion of privacy and rights that Facial Recognition represents. Protest resources, including a facial recognition makeup video are now available.
As the new human coronavirus spreads around the world, individuals and families should prepare—but are we? The Centers for Disease Control has already said that it expects community transmission in the United States, and asked families to be ready for the possibility of a “significant disruption to our lives.”
This post by Zeynep Tufekci is a short, practical guide on why and how you should prepare for COVID-19.
There’s a lot of bad information out there about the recent coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, just tuning out is not an option. Whether it’s currently an epidemic or a pandemic, it’s serious business.
In this resource from Mike Caulfield, you can learn the skills that will make a dramatic difference in your ability to sort fact from fiction on the web (and everything in between).
It is important to understand that history has shown us that epidemics are also a media & information literacy problem.
As we think about the future of jobs, and automation, we often do not think about the data and automation that dictate how we work. There are many factors behind it, but one is the digitization of the economy and the new ways of organizing work it enables.
As a regular reader of Digitally Literate, you’ve already learned a lot about Clearview AI, the controversial facial recognition company that has been gobbling up all of the information about you online and selling it to its clients.
Well…the startup disclosed this week that an intruder gained unauthorized access to its list of customers, the number of user accounts those customers had set up, and the number of searches its customers have conducted.
If you live in California, or an area that provides some robust consumer privacy protections, you can see what Clearview has gathered about you.
A step-by-step guide to finding and removing your personal information from the Internet.
Doxxing (also sometimes called “doxing”) is a low-level tactic with a high-impact outcome: it often does not require much time or many resources, but it can cause significant damage to the person targeted. Once sensitive information — such as home address, phone number, names of family members or email addresses — about a targeted individual is posted to public forums, it can be used by others for further targeting.
The modern internet is optimized to be as distracting as possible. Social networks and other websites are built by some of the smartest software engineers who have ever lived, and often the objective is to take up as much of your time as possible.
Here’s how to take control of this useful tool.
Truth and falsehood are arbitrary terms….The force of an idea lies in its inspirational value. It matters very little if it is true or false.
Adviser to President Woodrow Wilson’s Committee on Public Information
Digitally Literate is a weekly review of the news, notes, tips, and tricks from the week that resonated with me. I leave a trail of digital breadcrumbs as I read online. Some of this I share on my social networks…much more I do not. At the end of the week, I review my notes and write up this newsletter.
I’ve been enjoying Martin Weller’s book on 25 Years of Ed Tech. In this text, Weller examines the history of innovation and effective implementation of ed tech across higher education. You can download the PDF for free under a Creative Commons license.