Sunday, April 08, 2018

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 4/7/18

Last update: Sunday 4/8/18 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = Apple will replace Intel chips in Macs ... Other top stories = 3000 Google employees don't want defense contracts... South Korean university faces international boycott if its AI weapons lab makes autonomous killer robots ... Zuckerberg says Cambridge Analytica compromised up to 87 million accounts

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other  organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in tech (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant #EdTech innovations in the broader context of information technology ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 4/7/18

A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views | F. Chuckles

#EdTech Calendar ... TECH Dozens: 20172016

Cover Story ... Apple's chips +++++++++
  1. Report: Apple will use its own chips in Macs, replacing Intel ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by LA Times, Bloomberg, Wired, DigitalTrends, Gizmodo, Axios, ZDNet, The Verge, Mashable, Engadget, Ars Technica, Fortune, Business Insider
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A. HBCUs ... Dozen - 4
  1. Board of Trustees and Students Gather for End of Sit-in; Unveil Statement of Commitments.
  1. Students, researchers showcase projects at 40th annual University-Wide Research Symposium. Read more at
  1. New findings show Knowledge Is Power Program () alumni who attend historically black colleges are more likely to report a “sense of belonging” and good mental health than those who attend other colleges
  1. Today we announced a $1 million investment to School of Nursing to fund , training, and technology. Blue Cross NC leaders Dr. John Smith and , presented the check this afternoon.

  1. Along with Viking Fest, next week is also Undergraduate Research Week! See the full lineup of guest speakers, discussions and events -
  1. This week, SSU's Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science will host its third annual Week with lectures and events. Free and open to the public. More details: ... EVENT
  1. Events during this week highlight student research occurring on the Dillard University campus. The events allow students, faculty, and the community to see the depth and breadth of research conducted at ... EVENT
B. Ed Tech  ... Dozen
  1. The narrative of the reproducibility crisis has come to dominate scientific debate in recent years, with 90 percent of respondents agreeing that such a crisis existed, and more than 60 percent blaming it on selective reporting
  1. In case you missed it: State of Higher Ed LMS Market for US and Canada: Fall 2017 Edition ...
  1. Research: Majority of STEM Classes Still Consist of Lectures
  1. "From a professor standpoint, adaptive-learning technology enables faculty to consistently test students’ knowledge about the material being covered in the course." ...
  1. Why Aren’t Tech-Enhanced Learning Strategies More Widely Used?
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  1. The $10M that Leif provides will cover the cost of Thinkful’s engineering immersion program for nearly 700 students who choose to pay via an income-share agreement.
  1. "Online learning platforms are now granting online instructors smaller and smaller shares of the revenue as they steer business models in the streaming direction. "-Amy Ahearn
MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1. We dug through two years’ worth of search data from O’Reilly’s online learning platform to identify seven on-the-rise technology trends. Can you guess which one came out on top? Hint: ssss
  1. Pinned Tweet
    Online Program Management: Spring 2018 view of the market landscape
  1. For-profit colleges in New York can now participate in the tuition-free scholarship program that typically benefits nonprofit institutions alone ... To
  1. Online Ed Leaders Agree Top 2 Indicators of Program Quality Are Student Success Rates, Student Evaluations
Conferences, workshops, Twitter chats, and other events ...
  1. Next week make sure to join us for the on how have impacted approaches to student learning! ... EVENT
C. Info Tech  ... Dozen
  1. The Milky Way's center is a cornucopia full of thousands of black holes, reports: ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Motherboard, Axioz
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...

Top Story #1 ... Google's anti-war-business techs +++++++++
  1. Over 3,000 Google employees signed a letter demanding the company leave the "business of war" ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Digital Trends, TechRepublic, Ars Technica

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  1. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI for short) will have , and other compete for a $950M ...
  1. From air conditions to biscuit ovens, here's the data behind 's trade war with China .. ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by
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FinTech, block chain, bitcoin ...
  1. The tech industry thinks it has a solution for the problems it created. (It's blockchain.) ...
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
Top Story #2 ... South Korean killer robots +++++++++
  1. Researchers boycott Korean university over 'killer robot' AI weapons lab ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge, Business Insider, The Guardian


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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...

Top Story  #3... Zuckerberg vs Cambridge Analytica +++++++++
  1. Zuckerberg about Cambridge Analytica during today's conference call ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, LA Times, Wired, Axios, GeekWire, Motherboard, FastCompany, ZDNet, TechRepublic

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  1. Facebook goes after Russian troll farm in new crack down: ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Washington Post, CNET, The Verge, Techrunch,

  1. Organizations are increasingly leveraging encryption to protect data and guard against human error, according to Thales eSecurity. ...
  1. Best Buy customer info may have been exposed in data breach by ...
Science and technology policies ...
  1. It took US companies just 5 days to max out H-1B visa applications for highly skilled workers ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Axios
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D. Hackers  ... Dozen - 2
Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1. A new study from highlights the gender pay gap in tech
Coding, courses, tutorials, & jobs
  1. Hear firsthand what Microsoft, DataRobot, Crowdflower and others have to say about the benefits of partnering with ! Get more information and request our partnerships brief today:
  1. ICYMI: Python Overtakes R for Data Science and Machine Learning ...
  1. Amazon Pumping $50 Million into CS Education
  1. Inspired by the lab notebook, the computational notebook interface is a perfect match for data science:
  1. Microsoft adds AI course to its certification program ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Microsoft
  1. Powerful updates for Google TensorFlow ...
  1. EdSurge reporter speaks w/Mehran Sahami, professor & associate chair for education in the department at Stanford University on patterns happening in CS and what to expect in the future. Listen here:
E. Views -- Comments and Opinions  ... Dozen - 2
  1. AI Weekly: Google should listen to its employees and stay out of the business of war by
  1. We should expect to see coding bootcamps pursue these three objectives in 2018:
  1. "Once you allow transport networks like AT&T and Comcast to also own content, and then allow those transport networks to merge, consolidate, and divide markets among themselves, a lot of painful things happen to consumers" ...
  1. OPINION: Direct Engagement with President Trump and the GOP is paying off for the HBCU community
Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. Paradoxically, some politicians who deny climate change also promote geoengineering to stave off global warming's more disastrous effects ...
  1. If Robert Mueller is fired, what happens next? Impeachment might not be as likely as some think. Here’s a look at the possible reverberations. ...
  1. Why can’t we easily repeat our moon landing success from 49 years ago with today’s advanced technology? ...
  1. Exclusive report: Twitter faces the truth: How Jack Dorsey's free speech platform was hijacked by the dark side. Read our latest cover story ... Fast Company
  1. How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it via
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... DLL Editor's note -- I selected the following excerpts from a much longer series of tweets on 4/5/18 and am posting them without explanation. Readers who don't get the first few should skip the rest; but those who perceive the context will get them all. My sincerest thanks to @HBCUDigest for hosting this important and long overdue twitter chat ... :-)
  1.   Retweeted
    I’m going to shake the table a little bit but why is she ALWAYS the “go-to” on HBCUs for interviews? There are other academics with HBCU connections doing this work. And she works at UPenn....
  1.   Retweeted
    Replying to 
    Howard has an entire doctoral program focused on studying MSI/HBCUs leadership, their prospective and take on the situation and current research would have been nice as well.
  1. “But even we are confused in this allocation of ally status. We credit Marybeth Gasman as one of those great helpers.” -
  1. “Regarded by many as an expert on HBCU issues, but Gasman who has never attended an HBCU, never worked at an HBCU beyond paid consultation and service as a board member, and who runs a research center for HBCUs and other minority serving institutions from Ivy League UPenn...”
  1. .....all while framing most of her advocacy for our schools from a position of “what HBCUs won’t do and aren’t doing” rather than “what HBCUs are politically, culturally, and financially prohibited from doing.””
  1. You earned a retweet today, anonymous.
  1.  Retweeted
    I would love to hear thoughts on the HBCU vs State of MD case. It’s funny how the research or critique of HBCU’s, like her recent statements on Howard, are never coupled with the important context of segregation that just ended a few decades ago.
  1.   Retweeted
    I’m not mad at her “doing the work” but this is what I mean when white people who want to be an ally don’t really know what that means. Allyship requires you to step aside and uplift a marginalized community, not center yourself. But it’s almost 11am and I got things to do.
  1.   Retweeted
    Nothing wrong with a little spice, adds more flavor to the pot. There does need to be more research on HBCUs overall, but she’s not the *only* person doing it. I’m nobody in academia, but I wish someone with more weight would call her to the altar on this.
  1.   Retweeted
    Replying to 
    I totally agree, but she’s viewed as this national figure on HBCU discourse, and too many times her own responses are vague and never portray a true picture. It’s like she’s done no research at all.
  1.   Retweeted
    Replying to 
    Just another aside from one of generations of Black scholars at teaching, learning & researching as subjects rather than objects. Never hurts to remind all. “Black Movements in America and Student Activism: Harmonies and Dissonances” ...
  1.   Retweeted
    Thank you again . This gets my blood boiling every time, because we simply do not want to recognize that the experts are at the institutions that are written about. I too am not mad at her, but WHAT YOU SAID!
  1.   Retweeted
    Replying to  
    I'm totally for it. Can't keep letting others speak for us - especially since we have experts in presidents, former presidents, faculty on our campuses actually living the work.
  1.   Retweeted
    Like.....the optics alone. A white woman who never went to an HBCU or worked at one, being the go-to talking head about HBCU matters (and other MSIs) and conducting research out of a center housed at UPenn, a white Ivy league school. Right.
F. Chuckles, Shame, and/or Fake News  ... Dozen
  1. Mexico Agrees to Pay for Trump’s Psychiatric Care ... @Borowitz ... via ...
  1. Trump tells reporters he didn't know Michael Cohen paid Stormy Daniels $130,000 before the election. ...
  1. President Trump is taking a ‘serious look’ at policy options on Amazon ...
  1. Why Sinclair made dozens of local TV news anchors recite the same script ...
  1. Of the 26 email domains managed by the Executive Office of the President, 18 are not in compliance with a DHS directive to implement a security protocol that verifies the emails as genuinely from the White House. ...
  1. Five times in the past week, President Trump has pointed his Twitter cross hairs at Amazon over what he insists is a bad deal for the United States Postal Service. In fact, Amazon has been a boon to the Postal Service. ...
@POTUS45 in his own words ... until #2020 or #25 ... 
  1. The Fake News Washington Post, Amazon’s “chief lobbyist,” has another (of many) phony headlines, “Trump Defiant As China Adds Trade Penalties.” WRONG! Should read, “Trump Defiant as U.S. Adds Trade Penalties, Will End Barriers And Massive I.P. Theft.” Typically bad reporting!
  1. While Security spending was somewhat more than his predecessor, Scott Pruitt has received death threats because of his bold actions at EPA. Record clean Air & Water while saving USA Billions of Dollars. Rent was about market rate, travel expenses OK. Scott is doing a great job!.
  1. Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed. Also, our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country...not a level playing field!Assign To
  2. The Fake News Networks, those that knowingly have a sick and biased AGENDA, are worried about the competition and quality of Sinclair Broadcast. The “Fakers” at CNN, NBC, ABC & CBS have done so much dishonest reporting that they should only be allowed to get awards for fiction!Assign To
  3. Thank you to Rasmussen for the honest polling. Just hit 50%, which is higher than Cheatin’ Obama at the same time in his Administration.
  1. Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Earlier this year I spoke about Dr. King’s legacy of justice and peace, and his impact on uniting Americans. Proclamation:

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