Monthly Archives: July 2019

A Virtual Teaching Goal for the 2019-2020 School Year

This school year, in my virtual classroom, I would like to incorporate more student screen sharing into live class sessions. When I’ve had students share their screens in the past years, it went a long way toward replicating that feeling … Continue reading

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Virtual Classroom Routine for Teaching Creative Writing

One successful routine I use at the beginning of my live Creative Writing virtual class sessions is centered around the following graphic: The key point of the graphic is, in essence, ‘To write better, write more.’ Toward the beginning of … Continue reading

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Method developed to ‘predict people’s personalities’ using phone accelorometers – ZDNet

“There are applications for this technology in social media with friend recommendations, online dating matches, and targeted advertising, but I think the most exciting part is what we can learn about ourselves,” lead study author and RMIT PhD student Nan … Continue reading

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Facebook lost control of our data and is paying a record $5 billion fine – CNET

The settlement also imposes other privacy requirements, including greater oversight over third-party apps and “clear and conspicuous notice” of its use of facial recognition. Facebook must also encrypt user passwords and regularly check for any passwords stored in plain text. … Continue reading

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It’s not that hard to unmask real people in anonymous data, researchers warn – CNET

By using just 15 demographic attributes and a bit of machine learning, researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Louvain said “99.98% of Americans would be correctly re-identified in any dataset.” The researchers said their work shows that … Continue reading

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Google bought my friend’s face for $5 – ZDNet

And then it struck me. “George, did you sign your rights to your face away?” He admitted he had. He admitted more than that: “Truthfully, I didn’t read the full waiver thing.” “So Google bought your face for five bucks … Continue reading

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Instagram expands hiding ‘likes’ to make you happier – AP

Instagram is expanding a test to hide how many “likes” people’s posts receive as it tries to combat criticism that such counts hurt mental health and make people feel bad when comparing themselves to others. Analysis: The intertwining of … Continue reading

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