In the news recently has been several news-worthly items that have an educational connection. One example, is the House and Senate bills, Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) that prompted an internet blackout protest from companies like Google, Wikipedia, Moveon etc. The black-out protest lasted for about 24 hours and was mainly to bring awareness to the two bills and to protest internet censorship.
Mainly, businesses and the entertain industry supported the bill because they were the main group that was being affected by piracy and counterfeiting.
Another event that is connected to the educational community is the announcement from Google of their privacy changes across products, with no option to opt out.
What other news events are happening that have an educational connection? Share your resources and your thoughts on the above items and other ones that are posted.
Google has changed its privacy settings which will apply to all of its tools, including YouTube, in which they will track your activities. See the article at http://wapo.st/yV86Hy
The good news that districts that are using Google apps domain are still protected by their contracts and there is no need to worry about the privacy of students and teachers.
Vanessa, what I take away from the article is that the contracts that Google has with Education and Government will not be affected. I would hope so anyway. With privacy laws being what they are, especially in Education, that would have a major impact on districts that have starting using a Google Domain for their email and collaborative services. But, it does make one wonder...hummmmmmmmmmm.
Thanks Neil. I agree.
Here is what I received from my Google tech group I belong to..
This was sent out by Julia Stiglitz from the Google Apps for Education Team:
This article also links to another one on their site, "Six tips to protect your search privacy". https://www.eff.org/wp/six-tips-protect-your-search-privacy. And the site has other excellent information on privacy that is definitely worth revewing.
Congress is looking into the controversy over Google's revised privacy policies but five consumer groups are concerned there'll be a little too much privacy surrounding the inquiry.
The consumer organizations have written to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade calling for public hearings on Google's planned privacy changes, not secret briefing.
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Facebook is trying to be pro-active, and has release a "Facebook's Guide to counselors. The link below is to the write-up in US News and world report. In the first part of the article, they provide a link to the PDF.