Sunday, September 02, 2018

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 9/1/18

Last update: Sunday 9/2/18 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = U.S. Justice Department supports lawsuit against Harvard's #AffirmativeAction policies ... Other top stories = Toyota invests $500 million in Uber for self-driving technology ... Google buys Master card sales data ... California passes nation's strongest net neutrality law

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how leaders in Black higher education at HBCUs and other colleges and universities are promoting the skills that yield more diverse employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in tech (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in #EdTech and the broader context of information technology ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 9/1/18

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

#EdTech Calendar ... TECH Dozens: 20172016

Cover Story ... blah blah +++++++++
  1. Students suing Harvard over affirmative action policies they say discriminate against Asian-Americans have a new ally: the Justice Department ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Inside Higher Ed, Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Vox, EducationDive ... and Harvard's response
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A. Issues in Black Higher Ed (IBHE) ... 

DLL Editor's note -- The DLL's coverage of issues in Black higher ed will resume during the first week in September. We apologize to our readers for this continued inconvenience.

B. Ed Tech  ... Half-Dozen - 2

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  1. In case you missed it: If At First You Don't Succeed, Try To Be An OPM: Conversion of for-profits and MOOCs ...
  1. New study : Low-income undergraduates are disproportionately women, Latino, Black and college students. Challenge for all colleges is to create more for lower-income students. From ...
  1. At 49 colleges and universities, none of the freshmen who got federal Pell Grants in 2011 had graduated six years later, new federal data show. At others, as few as one in 100 Pell Grant recipients had earned a degree. co-published with
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Analytics -- higher ed applications ... 
  1. Bringing together qualitative and quantitative data, analyzing it in context and sharing it with powerful visualizations is critical to creating a culture of data-driven management in a postsecondary environment.
C. Info Tech  ... Dozen + 5
  1. Intel rounds out 8th-Gen with chips for super cheap, super thin laptops
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Top Story #1 ... Toyota's 500 Uber millions +++++++++
  1. Toyota is set to invest about $500 million in Uber as part of an agreement to work jointly on driverless-vehicle development ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Wired, Bloomberg, Washington Post, TechCrunch, Fortune
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  1. Online-polling company SurveyMonkey has filed publicly for a U.S. IPO ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by TechCrunch
  1. China is creating its own Silicon Valley with a trillion-dollar economy... and it threatens to swallow up Hong Kong
  1. Online fundraising platform ActBlue raised $100 million in August for Democratic candidates ...
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Climate change, emissions, solar, wind, nuclear, etc ...
  1. California advances an ambitious climate policy that should be a model for the world ...
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FinTech, block chain, bitcoin ...
  1. Wall Street has helped eliminate one of bitcoin's biggest problems, and it could fulfill 'Satoshi Nakamoto's original vision' ...

  1. How financial institutions are going beyond bitcoin with distributed ledger technologies ...
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Drones ...
  1. Tiny drones have already shown the possibilities of autonomous flight. The same general technology — based on digital cameras and mathematical systems that analyze images in real time — was suited to passenger aircraft. ...
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ..
  1. You can’t even see the world’s smallest medical robot, but your body’s cells know it’s there ...
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...
Top Story #2 ... Google's Master data +++++++++
  1. Google secretly bought your banking data, and that's not even the bad news ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Bloomberg, Digital Trends, TechCrunch, The Verge

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Policies and Political context ...

  1. In India, American companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon dominate the internet. For some Indian political leaders, it is as if their nation is being conquered by colonial powers all over again. And they are determined to stop it. ...
  1. Getting California’s privacy bill passed was the easy part. Now, tech industry lobbyists are doing everything they can to gut it ...
  1. The establishment of an internal Facebook group called FB’ers for Political Diversity has upset other employees, who said its online posts were offensive to minorities. Our reporters have the latest: ...
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D. Hackers  ... Dozen - 3
Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1. The fastest growing groups in computer science: Black, Hispanic/Latino, and female students! Congrats to teachers for record diversity results! Here's more on this year's AP Computer Science results ➡️
Coding, courses, tutorials, & jobs
  1. This week's winner uses Local Interpretable Model-Agnostic Explanations (LIME) to better understand the predictions of an ML model:
  1. Top KDnuggets tweets, Aug 22-28: Knowledge Map: How To Classify AI Technologies; 100 Days of Coding with
  1. New Tutorial: Tidy Analysis of Pew Research Data Using R! Learn how to access data from the Pew Research Center, load it into R & then how to explore the data using the Tidyverse ecosystem.
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Hackathons, workshops, meetups, and other events ... 
  1. ODSC offers 300+ hours of beginner to advanced level topics and training. West, San Francisco, Oct 31-Nov 3. Make Your Next Move Save 40% until Friday ... EVENT -- 31 Oct to 3 Nov 2018
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... BlackGirlsCode ...
  1. Volunteer Opportunity! Black Girls CODE Memphis Chapter Presents: Robot Expo! ... EVENT -- 22 Sept 2018
  1. Black Girls CODE Dallas Chapter Presents: Digital Making Workshop! Join us for an exciting experience exploring the theme of digital making and learning how to program using a microcomputer! ... EVENT -- 15 Sept 2018
  1. Fall programming has begun in Raleigh-Durham! Join us on September 22nd for our Wakanda by Design 3D Printing workshop. Register here: ... EVENT -- 22 Sept 2018
  1. Registration is underway for our Los Angeles Chapter's Virtual Reality Experience! Sign your girls up before it's too late! Register here: ... EVENT -- 29 Sept 2018
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E. Views -- Comments and Opinions  ... Dozen - 2
  1.  The EconomistVerified account @TheEconomist

    Artificial agents that are driven by curiosity or evolution could look after the earlier stages of learning ...

  1. From for : The hype is real, but enterprises are still in the early adoption stages ...

  1. Exorbitant rent and shocking inequality are contributing to a Silicon Valley exodus. Our cover this week
  1. Blockchain: The end of banking as we know it? by
  1. Mordy Golding argues that professors can’t teach effectively these days without instructional designers, especially when video lecturers are part of the mix. (2017)
  1. “The desire to increase access to higher education and improve equity...has fueled interest in innovations like adaptive courseware and active-learning classrooms,” per . Read the full 2018 NMC Horizon Report to see the future of : ...
Long form ... good reads ... :-)

  1. ICYMI: at America's top tier private colleges and universities ... updated 9/2/18 ... U.S. Justice Dept brief opposes Harvard ==>
  1. Nailing it: The promise of the blockchain technology ... via ==>
  1. Harvard dropouts. Precocious whiz kids. Beleaguered titans. The parallels between Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are startling. So what lessons can the younger tech titan learn from the travails of the Microsoft founder? 5/
  1. The challenges confronting Harvey Mudd mirror those facing other selective colleges that are welcoming more diverse students who haven’t had the benefit of well-financed schools and highly educated parents. ...
F. Chuckles, Shame, and/or Fake News  ... Half-Dozen - 3
  1. Trump this week: Fake news, fake books, fake Google searches, fake social media ...
  1. Remember when the Puerto Rico government said Hurricane Maria killed just 64 people? Yeah, they're finally updating that number—to 2,975 ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by
  1.  ICYMI October 2017:  Trump gives his Puerto Rico disaster response a perfect '10,' as the island struggles without water and power  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Washington Post, LA Times, NBC News, Bloomberg, NY Times
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@POTUS45 in his own words ... until #2020 
  1. I just cannot state strongly enough how totally dishonest much of the Media is. Truth doesn’t matter to them, they only have their hatred & agenda. This includes fake books, which come out about me all the time, always anonymous sources, and are pure fiction. Enemy of the People!

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