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Misinformation and the FCC position on neutrality

People may become annoyed with my frustration with the FCC and their rejection of net neutrality. There are so many things about the decision of the three person Republican majority that removed the protections to encourage what they describe as … Continue reading

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Yes, Facebook can make you depressed

Facebook admits that use of Facebook can be bad for you. What? You thought passive consumption of the news of the day would make you feel good? Being depressed about today’s reality is an appropriate reaction. Facebook suggests you do … Continue reading

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Participation gap

Last evening was my final online class session for the semester (and perhaps forever). I end the course I was teaching with a focus on multiple issues that could influence how educators make use of technology – cyberbullying, copyright, equity, … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on personal privilege

I did not grow into adulthood wealthy, but I was privileged. – I was born white and male – My parents were not wealthy when I was young, but they were committed to each other.  They were college educated and … Continue reading

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Big Tech needs a version of Martin Luther

How would you go about convincing the world that it was in the grip of a power that was deeply hypocritical and corrupt? This is the question John Naughton asks about our commitment to big technology. He answers this question … Continue reading

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People of character

The foolishness of assuming someone successful in one domain would have the skills necessary to be successful in another is there over and over again. Whether you believe Trump is a flawed and maybe criminal individual is a secondary issue. … Continue reading

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Strong and weak signals

I have a kind of geeky concern, but it is a concern nonetheless. I wonder if the culture of sharing rather than authoring is reducing the quality of online search and personal reflection. The logic of my concern works like … Continue reading

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You are complicit

Just so we are clear, you are complicit in this situation with Facebook. You were willing to be a heavy user of Facebook without understanding how Facebook works and how the company makes its money. You were willing to share … Continue reading

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How am I categorized by Facebook

The role Facebook appears to have played in the election of 2016 has created interest in how Facebook targets ads to each of us. Facebook collects information it can gather from our online behavior and these data are made available … Continue reading

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Another gun tragedy

Brokaw offers sound advice. There is no defense for public access to military weapons. This has nothing to do with the constitution, it is the consequence of some sick NRA logic and the money flowing from this organization to politicians. … Continue reading

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