Is Philly Twitter moving to Mastodon?

Is Philly Twitter moving to Mastodon? (Technical.ly Philly)
Mastodon is a distributed social network, reminiscent of Twitter, but without ads or Nazis. Here's why 100 Philly tweeters set up shop in a local “instance” called Jawns.club.
Mastodon is a distributed social network created in October 2016 that was built on the premise of creating independently run small communities that can talk to each other, rather than a single, endless stream of triggering horrors. It’s a microblogging platform that you can think of as Twitter without the ads. Tweets here are “toots,” in keeping with the Mastodon…

Predicting Active Shooter Events: Are Regional Homogeneity, Intolerance, Dull Lives, and More Guns Enough Deterrence?

Predicting Active Shooter Events: Are Regional Homogeneity, Intolerance, Dull Lives, and More Guns Enough Deterrence? (ResearchGate)
Research in Crime and Delinquency from Richard B. Duque, E.J. LeBlanc, & Robert Rivera. Abstract: Based upon a secondary analysis of 2016 General Social Survey (GSS) data, this study identifies regional “Heterogeneity”, “Tolerance”, “Life is Exciting”, “Lack of Confidence in Institutions” and “Gun Ownership” effects related to the frequency of Active Shooter events, which occurred…

My Affair With the Intellectual Dark Web

My Affair With the Intellectual Dark Web – Great Escape – Medium by Meghan Daum (Medium)
This is the story of the past three years of my life. It’s romance in a way, but it’s also a breakup story. It begins sometime in 2015, a year during which my life was coming apart in various ways…
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

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…

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

Live streaming & live tweeting: a pragmatic approach to ethical considerations. | Center for Digital Ethics & Policy (digitalethics.org)
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

This is what filter bubbles actually look like by John Kelly and Camille François (MIT Technology Review)
Maps of Twitter activity show how political polarization manifests online and why divides are so hard to bridge.
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

Arming Teachers And Expelling Students Is Not The Answer To School Shootings, And It's Dangerous (Learning Policy Institute)
What can we do to end #SchoolShootings? Give students the tools that can help them resolve conflicts peaceably and lead to success later in life.
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…