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03 Apr 12

A ;new proposed law in the UK wants Skype and social networking sites to be required to keep communications for 12 months. I am thinking this would also apply to Twitter. Understandably, privacy concerns swirl around this proposal.

"Ministers say change is needed to help fight crime and terrorism, but critics warn it is an attack on privacy.

Internet service providers (ISPs) are obliged to keep details of users' web access, email and internet phone calls for 12 months, under an EU directive from 2009.

Although the content of the calls is not kept, the sender, recipient, time of communication and geographical location does have to be recorded.

The proposed new law - which the Home Office says will be brought in "as soon as parliamentary time allows" - would extend those requirements to social networking sites and internet phone services such as Skype."

16 Oct 11

Galaxy tab infringes on Apple's patent, a judge says as she holds up the two devices from 10 feet away and asks Samsung lawyers to identify which is their client's product.

16 Oct 11

Open source microblogging platform intended to be an alternative to Twitter. Looks like schools or businesses could install this for internal use. Somefascinating applications.

in list: web2smackdown

03 Nov 10

Google will be putting $8.5 million to fund organizations focused on Internet privacy policy or privacy education as well as to cover lawyer's fees and costs and other expenses.

  • Under the Settlement, Google will establish an $8.5 million Common Fund to fund organizations focused on Internet privacy policy or privacy education, as well as to cover lawyers’ fees and costs and other expenses. Google will also do more to educate users about the privacy aspects of Google Buzz. Since the inception of this litigation, Google has also made changes to Google Buzz that clarify its operation and users' options, including, in particular, changes regarding user information and control over Buzz's privacy settings.
12 Apr 10

A website that many teachers are using to match up with other classrooms and skype and videoconference between them. Several teachers in Maine are doing this that I know of including Cherrie MacInnes. Great place to go!

25 Mar 10

This is upsetting. Flash mobs have traditionally been a lot of fun -- now they are violent teenage rampages. Some cities are outlawing them!

  • But these so-called flash mobs have taken a more aggressive and raucous turn here as hundreds of teenagers have been converging downtown for a ritual that is part bullying, part running of the bulls: sprinting down the block, the teenagers sometimes pause to brawl with one another, assault pedestrians or vandalize property.
20 Oct 09

Teachers have a different standard. It is fascinating to read this newspaper article and also the responses. Our students on Flat Classroom project and Digiteen will be reviewing this information because teachers are held to a higher standard online.

  • And some districts -- from South Dakota to New Jersey -- are starting to limit what teachers can do on the sites.
  • "It is the responsibility of all individuals associated with the Foundation to act in a manner that will ensure the public's trust as well as the trust of colleagues and peers.
  • he has heard that some teachers have "risqué" photos on their accounts, but he hasn't actually seen any.

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02 Oct 09

Second Life in Education users are up at arms over the fact that Linden Lab has now decided that http://sleducation.wikispaces.com infringes on their SL trademark (which has been registered for 9 days.)

In my opinion this will push more people to options like Open Sim (we love Reaction Grid for ours.) You would think that they would have read the case studies on the mistakes of Microsoft when they "gave up" their monopoly when they got greedy and cornered the market. In this environment, people WILL make alternatives and this is not a group of people (the educators in SL) you want to be mad at you. These are the people who teach others how to do things, for goodness sakes - every company should wish for an army of free volunteers like Linden has.

Big mistake, Linden. Big mistake, but one that perhaps it will take years to see. I have seen educators who I have NEVER, I mean NEVER been angry at Linden angry.

31 Aug 09

Looks like your veins may become your identification instead of your fingerprints. Interesting.

21 Jun 09

For the NetGenEd project, students at Suffern Middle school created a video to challenge and deliver the keynote for the project. It is amazing the script that these students wrote for the project!

in list: Flat Classroom

21 Jun 09

The progression to help students meet face to face. Steve Says:

"The Project alone is already unique and very amazing considering the fact that we are actually working together with students around the world with the help of technology. So what better way to finish the project off by actually working with the people we have been working with online."

in list: Flat Classroom

  • The Project alone is already unique and very amazing considering the fact that we are actually working together with students around the world with the help of technology. So what better way to finish the project off by actually working with the people we have been working with online.
21 Jun 09

Peace through education - this fits so well with what we're doing and seeing in Flat Classroom. Oh, if I could get an audience to learn but also to just connect for the vision with flat classroom.

19 Nov 08

From David Warlick - Google life photo archive.

12 Nov 08

Wow!!! Using cell phone technology, high powered medical diagnosis and lab work can be provided remotely through cameras. This is what letting students work with cell phones can do as this is Daniel Fletcher and his undergraduates at the University of California worked to create a mobile diagnosis tool from cell phones.

THIS is innovation. Harness the untapped power of student creativity and innovation and use it as a learning process. DO IT NOW!!

  • “Imagine you’re out in the middle of nowhere and you want to be able to diagnose malaria,” says Daniel Fletcher, holding up what looks like a cellphone sprouting a kaleidoscope. All you have to do is aim the phone at a patient’s wan-looking skin or a drop of blood squeezed onto a microscope slide, he explains. Then you point, click, and hit “send.” The digital image zips to an off-site lab, where a technician scans it for signs of disease and e-mails back an initial diagnosis—all in less than 10 minutes. “In developing countries, patients wouldn’t have to go to a clinic,” he says. “You could make a diagnosis right in the field.” Although many impoverished patients lack access to clinics, 80 percent of the world’s population lives near a cellphone tower.
  • With mobile devices like this, home health aides could start to provide diagnostic services, and they could also take pictures over time to show doctors whether a patient is getting better. We’ve got an opportunity to leapfrog some of the costs of health care.”—
12 Nov 08

Here's your handheld projector - as my students and I joke - kids will no longer be texting in the bathroom but watching movies.

11 Nov 08

According to this story:

"Windows 7 has a new system-wide service that will offer very easily accessible geographical location services for all devices and programs. Unfortunately, their implementation seems half-baked in the security front, opening the door to privacy problems that even Microsoft program manager Alec Berntson didn't have a convincing answer for. What is worse: They don't plan to fix them for the final release."

Geolocation services have great uses but we should have a choice!

  • Windows 7 has a new system-wide service that will offer very easily accessible geographical location services for all devices and programs. Unfortunately, their implementation seems half-baked in the security front, opening the door to privacy problems that even Microsoft program manager Alec Berntson didn't have a convincing answer for. What is worse: They don't plan to fix them for the final release.
08 Nov 08

Fascinating study that sounds like it is for just commercial use, but some great information on virtual reality is embedded. I'll be blogging some reflections on this this week.

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