My Affair With the Intellectual Dark Web

An insightful piece from Megan Daum about the passion and obsession that usually comes through our social media feeds. Maybe it was the impending loss of Obama that caused us to begin this unconscious process of detachment — from one another as well as from him. Maybe we knew we’d never be in love like this again,…

Report: Teachers Find Technology Mostly Helpful in Classroom

New research suggests that a majority of teachers believe technology is helping them do a better job in the classroom. The research also suggests that many educators are concerned digital devices can cause physical and mental harm to students. All annotations in context. The 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey was published by the website Campus Technology. Of those questioned, 44…

The School Shootings That Weren’t

Anya Kamenetz on NPR's Morning Edition. How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school? The reports from the U.S. Department of Education are apparently way off. This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, "nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving…

Kant and information ethics

A piece by Charles Ess & Mary Thorseth in Ethics and Information Technology Journal (2008). All annotations in context. Kant’s basic thoughts on autonomy and the public domain are highly relevant to challenges concerning modern society, particularly to communication in the public sphere. Trust is but one important topic being discussed here; openness another. Thus,…

Live streaming & live tweeting: a pragmatic approach to ethical considerations

Bastiaan Vanacker in the Center for Digital Ethics & Policy. All annotations in context. In daily language, the word pragmatic is often used pejoratively, to describe someone with a lack of principles (or character) who will let the situation, rather than a firm moral compass, guide her actions. But in the philosophical sense, pragmatism refers to an…

This is what filter bubbles actually look like

John Kelly and Camille François in MIT Technology Review. John Kelly is CEO and Camille François is research director of Graphika, a social network analytics company. All annotations in context. American public life has become increasingly ideologically segregated as newspapers have given way to screens. But societies have experienced extremism and fragmentation without the assistance of Silicon Valley…

Arming Teachers And Expelling Students Is Not The Answer To School Shootings, And It’s Dangerous

Post by Linda Darling-Hammond in the Learning Policy Institute blog. All annotations in context. These social-emotional learning practices have been found in hundreds of studies to reduce negative behavior and violence in schools, making schools safer while also increasing academic achievement. The guidance builds on what we know about how to increase school safety through “conflict…