Sunday, January 01, 2017

TECH Dozens 2016 -- DLL Editor's Favorites

Last update: Sunday 1/1/17 @ 10:30 pm
Cover Story 2016  = Russians hack U.S. voters ... Other top stories = Detection of Einstein's gravity waves ... AlphaGo beats Lee Sedol ... Bill Gates and other tech billionaires commit $1 billion to clean energy venture fund 

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the year ending Saturday 12/31/16.

A. HBCUS | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views 

Calendars:  #EdTech and #DiversityInTech 

Cover Story ... Russians hack U.S. ++++++++++++ 
  1. Russia actively tried to help Donald Trump win the election, CIA report says ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Washington Post, NY Times, Engadget, Business Insider, Gizmodo ... Related story that Obama orders full review of Russian hacking covered by Wired, TechCrunch, Digital Trends, The Verge ... Trump's denials of Russian hacking covered by CNN, NY Times, Wall Street Journal
  1. The White House suggests Putin personally involved in DNC hack  .. DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget, The Verge ... Obama's subsequent comments covered by TechCrunch, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider ... Donna Brazil's comments covered by AOL
  1. Obama Strikes Back at Russia for Election Hacking ... ... DLL Editor's note -- Putin's decision not to retaliate covered by Wall Street Journal, NY Times
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A. HBCUS ... 2 * Dozen - 2
  1. Ground-breaking partnership with and  ... DLL Editor's note -- This #DiversityInTech dream team = HU + DC + Luma Lab represented by HU Provost Anthony Wutoh, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, and Luma Lab CEO Aaron Saunders ... Story also covered by Howard University press release ... plus DCInnoTechnically.DC
  1. Morehouse School of Medicine and Mercer University to receive $70 million investment from the state....
  1. SU physics professor Stephen McGuire earns authorship on historic LIGO gravity wave detection paper --
  1. Obama urges Howard University graduates to "be confident in your blackness"  ... DLL Editor's note -- The President's speech was also covered by Politico, Inc, USA Today, CBS News ... The Root posted a video of the entire speech and Howard University posted a transcript of the entire speech
  1. Dillard Signs Five-Year Agreement with U.S. Army Research Laboratory
  1. Member of Morgan’s Civil Engineering faculty receives Education Excellence Award: .
  1. Wow! JSU just got a $3.7 million award for our 'STEM STARS' program!
  1. UMES Gets $1 Million Gift For “Green” Initiatives via
  1. HU School of Pharmacy Receives a $2.6 Million Grant from

  1. Norfolk State Awarded a $5M Grant to Research Renewable Energy
  1. Jim and Marilyn Simons Pledge $2.5 Million for STEM Education at Morehouse. -
  1. Black female physicist pioneers technology that kills cancer cells with lasers via
  1. Definitely not average... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by CNN
  1. VSU wins $1 million federal grant to build new laboratories to study food via

  1. Morgan State receives more than $1M in National Science Foundation Grant Funding in 2016:
  1. to Share $23 Million Five-Year Research Grant
  1. Congrats to @ncatasuaggies - first place winner of ! ... DLL Editor's note -- This hackathon was covered by a DLL Storify
  1. CREST Center earns $5M grant to study how nanoparticles impact environment!
  1. Wow! JSU gets $6 million grant for bio-resource study of sustainable food, energy, water!
  1. Journalism icon and veteran newscaster Gwen Ifill dead at 61   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Black Enterprise, NPR, Diverse Issues, New Yorker, New York Times, PBS News Hour

  1. For the next 4 days, follow for all updates coming from students in Silicon Valley.
  1. We are streaming the memorial service for Chancellor live now, watch here:  ... DLL Editor's Note -- The memorial service also covered by News & Observer ... A few of the many obituaries and condolences for the passing of Dr. Saunders-White were expressed by The News & Observer, Diverse Issues, Tom Joyner Foundation
B. Ed Tech ... 2 * Dozen - 4
  1. MIT Launches Multiple Initiatives To Improve from PreK to Continuing Ed
  1. Black Students Choosing Low-paying Majors: by  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Bloomberg
  1. 's report on college completion goal.  ... DLL Editor's note -- Lumina's report can be found HERE
  1. FULL STORY: >> upholds 4-3 in ruling ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by the Chronicle, NYTimes, Washington Post ... and the amicus brief of Howard University's School of Law
  1. Bill Bowen, former and president, dies   ... DLL Editor's note -- Dr. Bowen was a higher ed advocate for minorities and the poor. His passing was also memorialized by NY Times, Washington Post... and Princeton University
  1. In one chart: Today's college student might not be who you expect.
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Competency-Based Education (CBE) ...

  1. National survey provides first clear look at competency-based ed:
  1. Like , does not apply to Competency Based Education.

  1.  Another program accredited, , great news for all CBE programs, learn more,

  1. The new push toward competency-based education
  1. Competency-based education's business model offers promise, report finds  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Chronicle ... and the RPK report
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MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1. Babson Group reflects on final report on online education enrollments ... DLL Editor's note -- The final Babson report was also covered by Campus Technology, Chronicle
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  1.  . seeks to run 35 online degree programs by 2020. And that's not all. See Ohio's eLearning strategy:
  1. Earn a University of Illinois Master of Computer Science in Data Science Degree on Coursera: ... DLL Editor's note -- This announcement also covered by EdSurge, Class Central, Inside Higher Ed
  1. plans next steps for online master's degree in computer science  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by  PC Magazine
  1. Last year launched the first MicroMasters. Today, launches 18 new programs.  ... DLL Editor's note -- This launch was covered by The Chronicle, Inside Higher Ed
  1. Growth of Illinois's MOOC-powered M.B.A. degree exceeds university's expectations
C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... 2 * Dozen + 5

Top Story #1 ... Einstein's gravity waves ++++++++++++++
  1. Einstein was right. Congrats to all who were a part of this amazing discovery! ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Endgadget, Extreme Tech, Wired, Business Insider, Re/code, Gizmodo, NY Times, Wall Street Journal
  1.  Infographic: the best visual explainer of the gravitational waves discovery yet ... DLL Editor's note -- The significance of this monumental discovery also discussed by Gizmodo, NY Times, and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (video)
  1. Here's why the second detection of gravitational waves is such a big deal:  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget, Wired, Recode, TechCrunch, VentureBeat

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Top Story #2 ... AlphaGo beats Lee Sedol +++++++++++
  1. Google's DeepMind AI program beat Lee Sedol again, taking a 3-0 lead ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo, Wall Street Journal, VentureBeat, Re/code, The Verge, Mashable, Wired, ZDNet ... but Human wins 4th match ==> NY Times, The Verge, ZDNet, Ars Technica

  1. Google's AlphaGo AI won the Go series against Lee Se-dol 4-1 ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ExtremeTech, Wall Street Journal, PC Magazine, Wired, TechCrunch, Business Insider
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Top Story #3 ... Clean Energy Fund ++++++++++++
  1. Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Masayoshi Son and other tech elite commit $1 billion to clean energy fund ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Recode, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, M.I.T. Technology Review, NY Times, TechCrunch ... and Breakthrough Energy Fund

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  1. SpaceX’s second Falcon 9 landing in a row is even more impressive than the first ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Fast Company, Bloomberg, Gizmodo, Scientific American, Business Insider
  1. Let the countdown begin! Mary Meeker & the team getting ready to present at ... Stay tuned! ... DLL Editor's note -- Here's a link to Re/code's video of Meeker's presentations, a link to her 213 slides ... and links to discussions by VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Wired, Bloomberg, Forbes
  1. Pokémon Go is a roaring success — so why did Google spin off the company that developed it?   ... DLL Editor's note -- Pokemon also discussed by The Next Web, Digital Trends, NY Times, The Verge, Rolling Stone, Fortune, Mashable, Recode
  1. NASA just successfully launched a spacecraft to an asteroid ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge, TechCrunch, Business Insider,
  1. In other news, Star Trek: 50 years of positive futurism and bold social commentary
  1. Scientists win Nobel Prize in Chemistry for making tiny machines out of molecules. via  ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by New York Times, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Ars Technica, Wired, Wall Street Journal, ZDNet ... and the official Nobel Prize announcement
  1. Mark Zuckerberg says fake Facebook news had no impact on election ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Digital Trends, Gizmodo, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, TechCrunch, The Verge, Recode
  1. Microsoft joins the Linux Foundation ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge, VentureBeat, Ars Technica, Business Insider, ZDNet, TheNextWeb, Computerworld
  1. These photos capture defining moments of decorated astronaut John Glenn's life and career ... DLL Editor's note -- Senator Glenn's passing also covered by NY Times, Engadget, Wired, Digital Trends, The Atlantic, Gizmodo, Ars Technica, TechCrunch, The Verge ... and NASA
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Self-driving vehicles ...

  1. Should your driverless car hit a pedestrian to save your life?   ... DLL Editor's note -- The article in the journal Science cited in this story was also covered by Gizmodo, The Verge, Computerworld ... and Science

  1. Uber opens self-driving vehicle trial in Pittsburgh to the public ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Recode, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, M.I.T. Tech Review, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Wired, The Verge, Bloomberg
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
  1. Artificial intelligence luminary Marvin Minsky has died at 88 by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget, NY Times, Washington Post ... M.I.T. and Wikipedia
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  1. Facebook says its new AI can understand text with 'near-human accuracy'   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ZDNet, Engadget, Re/code, VentureBeat, TechCrunch
  1. Seymour Papert, 88, dies; a visionary who saw education’s future in computers   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by M.I.T. News, Fortune 
  1. Carnegie Mellon's Mayhem AI takes home $2 million from DARPA's Cyber Grand Challenge ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo, Wired, Information Week , Computerworld... and DARPA
  1. Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft come together to create historic Partnership on AI by ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by VentureBeat, The Verge, Fortune, Popular Science, Wired, Guardian, Business Insider ... and the Partnership on AI
  1. Machine learning offers new hope against cyber attacks ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by VentureBeat
  1. Obama fist-bumps the first man who can feel with his mind-controlled robotic hand ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by TechCrunch, Business Insider, Engadget, Digital Trends ... and DARPA
  1. Microsoft reaches 'human parity' with new speech recognition system ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Next Web, Engadget, TechCrunch, Digital Trends, Business Insider ... and Microsoft's report
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Statistical learning, data science, big data, etc

  1. Are Blacks Less Likely to be Shot by Police Than Whites? study says yes ... DLL Editor's note -- This controversial report also covered by NY Times, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal ... Dr. Fryer's NBER report ... and bio note
  1. Roland Fryer answers reader questions about his study on the use of force by the police.
  1. Why did everyone miss it? Some theories. ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wired, Slate, NPR, Business Insider, Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, Chronicle ... and by yours truly, DLL Editor
  1. Inside Donald Trump’s data analytics team on election night by 🔓
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

  1. This year’s Turing Award goes to the programmers who created modern cryptography ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Ars Technica, Computerworld, NY Times ... and ACM
  1. How an obscure rule lets law enforcement search any computer ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo, Fortune, International Business Times, PC Mag
  1. Judge Orders Apple to Help FBI Break Into San Bernardino Shooter's iPhone by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge, Ars Technica, VentureBeat, CNET, Gizmodo, ZDNet, Engadget, The Verge, Business Insider, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, New York Times
  1. JUST IN: FBI gets access to seized iPhone without Apple's help, ending its legal case ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, CNET, Engadget, The Verge, Ars Technika, NY Times, Re/code, TechCrunch, Business Insider, VentureBeat, The Verge, Computerworld, Bloomberg
D. Hackers ... 2 * Dozen 
  1. Obama Warns Against 'Fetishizing' Our Phones:  .... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Fast Company, Re/code, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Ars Technica, Business Insider, Gizmodo, Engadget, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, The Verge
  1. DLL Storify of SXSL (last four hours) -- Monday 10/03/16 ... 1 ==>
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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1. Intel beat its diversity goals, but there’s still much more to do  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, Wired, VentureBeat, PC Magazine ... and Intel
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  1. View our '16 impact report: Minority owned/operated, 6K+ diverse youth/adults trained in tech in 43 cities
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  1. . founder explains the Report that was released today: ... DLL Editor's note -- Project Diane discussed by Wired, Inc, Fast Company ... and digitalundivided's #ProjectDiane
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  1. More than 5,000 girls have participated in the programs: Learn more about...
  1. digitalundivided launches BIG Innovation Center in Atlanta for black & Latina Women in tech ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by TechCrunch, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  1. 8 prominent women in tech have teamed up to share data and diversify Silicon Valley ... DLL Editor's note -- The announcement of this project was also covered by The Verge, Re/code, Engadget, CNET, Fortune, TechCrunch ... and Project Include
  1. Google Just Donated $2.8M in office space to house in its NYC HQ! via
  1. Facebook Donates $15M to Code(dot)Org to Diversify Computer Science Education:
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Founders, execs, and techs
  1. Goldman just made a big hire to its prized technology division ... DLL Editor's note -- Don't be misled by the photo; the star of this story is Angela Payne James, the Black woman who was hired to be chief of staff of Goldman's tech division ... :-)
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  1. Tech startup 'Jopwell' raises $3.25 Million with the help of Magic Johnson
  1. A Stanford and MIT grad, she learned to code by 13 but was rejected from a job in tech:
  1. On Being a Black Female Math Whiz During the Space Race ...
  1. Black female founder raises $7 million for renewable energy tech startup by
  1. Grace Hopper and Margaret Hamilton awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom for computing advances ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by M.I.T. ... and the White House
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Coding & Coders
  1. Udacity’s new Nanodegree Plus guarantees you a job in 6 months ... DLL Editor's Note -- This story also covered by Business Insider, Wired, ZDNet, TechCrunch, USA Today, Chronicle ... and Udacity
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  1. The languages you need to know if you want to work in :
  1. Top Machine Learning MOOCs and Online Lectures: A Comprehensive Survey
  1. "With this launch, Udacity underscores its commitment to connecting great talent to great jobs." ... DLL Editor's note -- Udacity's program also discussed by VentureBeat, Forbes
  1. ’s third annual Hour of Code includes star athletes and a new sports-themed coding tutorial ... DLL Editor's note -- This story officially covered by CSEdWeek ... Hour of Code ... The White House
E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen + 3
  1. WGU, Competency Based Education, and Substantive Interaction
  1. . Founder Kimberly Bryant ( ) On And Implicit 
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  1. Higher Ed Insights Survey panel member Carnevale asks if college completion is the right goal
  1. Jeff Selingo Gives Students a Blueprint for Life After College:

  1. The disturbing Facebook scandal we're all ignoring — via  
  1. This is the troubling history behind the Electoral College ...
Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. Why Education Needs More Healthy Skeptics and Diehard Optimists:
  1. Her code got humans on the moon—and invented software itself
  1. M.I.T.'s latest report on online education ... ==>
  1. In 's June issue—Soon we won’t program computers. We’ll train them like dogs:
  1. A 124-year-old industrial giant is investing big in software. And, G.E.’s C.E.O. says, there is no Plan B. ...
  1. Why Silicon Valley pushes for "immigration reform" -- old article, but still worth reading ==> via
  1. The 19 friendliest, most informative videos you've ever seen!
  1. We watched Facebook's AI education videos so you don't have to


DLL Editor's note -- I apologize to readers who may be offended by the "rough" language in this video (below), but I fully endorse the speaker's forceful observations ...  Roy L. Beasley, DLL Editor

When Trump won the GOP nomination with over 13 million votes, I was very concerned, like millions of other liberals. How many votes might he receive in the November elections? Twice as many, three times, four times? Four times would be more than 50 million votes, possibly enough to win the election which the best pollsters unanimously declared would be highly improbable. So my worst case was about 40 million.

Forty million Americans might vote for a man I regarded as the most unqualified candidate I had seen in my long lifetime. Hillary would win, but these "deplorables" -- as she called Trump's supporters in what I regarded as a shocking and deeply offensive display of arrogance, bigotry, and political ineptitude -- were likely to make her presidency one of the most troubled in our nation’s history and one of the least successful. Nevertheless, she would still be better than Trump.

But when I expressed my concerns to fellow liberals in my small circles of family, friends, and colleagues. I was stunned by the hostility that I encountered from the “true believers” who really thought that most of Trump’s supporters were “deplorable” racist, sexist, gay bashing, immigrant hating, Islamophobic, fascist, etc, etc, etc. A few stopped speaking to me. It did not matter to them that millions of Trump's supporters had also voted for the first African American president not once, but twice.

So when Trump won, I was wrong, but they were “wronger”. No matter, because neither they nor I nor Hillary herself ever made any significant effort to engage Trump's supporters to try to understand why they supported him, then try to persuade them that Hillary might better serve their needs. Now we all have to live with the consequences of our political stupidity.

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