AI: Privacy is a Perk

It’s all about your privacy perspective, isn’t it? Free account? Expect none to little privacy, or whatever suits the vendor. Pro user? A possibility of privacy protection. Let’s juxtapose Ruben Hassid’s reaction to AI-powered video avatar with Perspective AI’s disclaimer to free users. See anything …

20 #AI School Scenarios: Scary or Not?

What are some of the problems with AI in schools? How would you resolve them? The Student’s Warning: A high school student warns you, a school board member, about the potential negative impacts of AI chatbots on student writing. Will you take action to address these concerns, or will you …

Dropbox Breach

Oops. How many is this now, Dropbox? We’re reaching out because on April 24th, we became aware of unauthorized access to the Dropbox Sign (formerly HelloSign) production environment. Upon further investigation, we discovered that a threat actor had accessed Dropbox Sign customer information. You …

Guest Bloggers Welcome

Welcome to the Guest Blog category. This area will feature guest blog entries from colleagues as well as others. I retain editorial control over the guest blog entries, however. Topics A blog entry where you share how you’ve had “another think” about a topic due to new evidence. …

Technology in Schools: A Long History of Issues

Should we even be using AI given the negative impact on climate, the environment, on disadvantaged people? Or, as Helgztech put it so delicately: And you’re comfortable with exploiting the labor of those whose work was scraped to create the AI output? The unacknowledged writers and artists? …

Meta.ai Launches: Guardian of Privacy?

Ok, you’ve heard that Meta.ai is now available for free. The question is, “What features are in place to secure your data? Can you trust Meta/Facebook/Threads/Instagram/Whatsapp/Messenger?” Facebook, now Meta, has faced numerous privacy issues while maintaining its supremacy as the top social media …

#AI: Towards a Sense of Ethics

Doug Johnson introduced me to a new quote from Christopher Hitchens. I’d first run into Hitchen’s Razor, which goes like this: What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. That’s a great quote and one of the first that went into my notebook on …

Privacy and Encryption Tips

Although it’s often out of our hands due to various services suffering data breaches or compromising our confidential, personally identifiable information, you can still protect yourself to some degree. Here are a few of the things I do: Banking and Credit Get alerts via your bank mobile app …

Facebook snooped on users’ Snapchat traffic

Wow, this is…so wrong. Given that Snapchat encrypted the traffic between the app and its servers, this network analysis technique was not going to be effective. This is why Facebook engineers proposed using Onavo, which when activated had the advantage of reading all of the device’s network …

AI-Powered Health Trackers (PASTOR) #AI #health

Problem I was a few days ago old when I discovered my smart health tracker also keeps tabs on my location and movements, available to the police. Well, at least I think that it does based on my viewing of the latest CSI: Las Vegas (cue music). Photo by Dushawn Jovic on Unsplash Everyone I know is …

Cybersecuring Smart Home Devices

Attention Smart home devices get compromised every day. Whether it’s your security camera to a baby monitor, your privacy is increasingly at-risk. Interest An estimated 672 million households are expected to use smart home devices by 2027. What can anyone do about cybersecurity challenges …

SimpleNote Woes, Joplin Revisited: Digital NoteTaking

Wish you had ONE place to post your digital notes? While I keep a handwritten notebook or 10 around the house to keep track of my notes, usually ones that I want to process nice and slow, there are some things you just copy-n-paste. That place, if it’s not a blog, is (or was) my account on …

AI Quandary in Schools

Source: MS CoPilot generated As powerful, useful, and helpful as AI is, my thoughts are divided as to introducing it to K-12 students. It may be hypocritical to say teachers should use it, but withhold it from students. Nearly 9 in 10 educators feel that students should be taught how AI works in a …

The List Article Revisited

My favorite approach to writing? It’s pretty easy to follow. When I walked into the bookstore–which was attached to the conference building I was presenting–in Dallas, I had no idea what book I’d find that would have a lasting influence on my writing. The 1990’s book, …

Time Is Short: Sign Up to Present at #TCEA's ETC 2024 Today #edtech #education #conference

“Should your PreK-5 student be using that technology?” It’s a question that pops up in my head every time I’m out eating and see a device babysitting a child. Since I had a different point of view many years ago, it’s clear I had another think coming. Arguing with Your …