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Somebody’s Watching You

Somebody’s Watching You | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Privacy is like oxygen: You only notice when it’s gone. After the mass killings in Paris and San Bernardino, it’s likely that laws protecting our privacy will be threatened in the name of providing greater security for Americans. “After Paris, we are going to have a new battle on our hands,” says Dave Maass, of … Continue reading Somebody’s Watching You

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In case you didn't notice.  Snowden was just chipping the surface.  As was Morozov.

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nukem777's curator insight, December 16, 2015 3:05 PM

Coming to a town near you...

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Kewl, thx Alex
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We're less than five years away from computers understanding us perfectly

We're less than five years away from computers understanding us perfectly | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Microsoft Chief Scientist Xuedong Huang talks about the power and potential of speech recognition and of artificial intelligence.

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So I have 5 years within which I have to make complete sense.  And understand everything perfectly.

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The rating game: how Uber and its peers turned us into horrible bosses

The rating game: how Uber and its peers turned us into horrible bosses | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Soon, you’ll be able to go to the Olive Garden and order your fettuccine alfredo from a tablet mounted to the table. After paying, you’ll rate the server.

Then you can use that tablet to hail an...
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The young (our kids) have the tools to disrupt what they don't like, and construct a more networked, individualistic version of their lives than we could have ever concocted in our dreams. Yet, of course, there is a price to pay: attention disorder, a chronic deficit of digital literacy (navigating and assessing information online, securing crap detection etc). We live in interesting times. The dialectic of technology and society. Foucault would have loved it.

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What World Are We Building?

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Brilliant talk on social justice and big data as power by danah boyd.  

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Welcome to hell: Apple vs. Google vs. Facebook and the slow death of the web

So let's talk about ad blocking.
You might think the conversation about ad blocking is about the user experience of news, but what we're really talking about is money and power in Silicon Valley....
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An alternative view on the merits and virtues of Ad blocking software.  And the hegemonisation of the web by Google and Facebook.  Worth reading.

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The Edward Snowden Interview that was Blacked-Out by the U.S. Media and Banned by YouTube -

The Edward Snowden Interview that was Blacked-Out by the U.S. Media and Banned by YouTube - | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
One week ago, National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden was interviewed on the German television network ARD. What many Americans may be unaware of is that the Edward Snowden interview was intentionally blocked from the US public with none of … Continue reading →
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This is an important interview.  For people like me, Snowden will forever remain a hero.

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The Web We Need to Give Students

The Web We Need to Give Students - Bright - Medium
Giving students their own digital domain is a radical act. It gives them the ability to work on the Web and with the Web, to have their scholarship be meaningful and accessible by others. It allows them to demonstrate their learning to others beyond the classroom walls. To own one’s domain gives students an understanding of how Web technologies work. It puts them in a much better position to control their work, their data, their identity online.
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This may be one way we may start to empower young people about their digital footprint, address privacy concerns and generally get them to be more digitally literate. 

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How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas

How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
There's a link between the amount of diversity in employees’ Twitter networks and the quality of their ideas.
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I continue to find much value in Twitter as a serendipity and 'of the moment' research tool.   If you use lists strategically, for instance, you are fishing with both long and short rods - as this article mentions, the 'happenstance' of a post found via Twitter may eventually translate into a blog monitored on NetVibes or some other dashboard tool.  And somehow, 'meeting of minds' can also happen.  I found myself co-learning on one of Howard Rheingold's online courses via a tweet.  Twitter has been the reason for many happy accidents, despite the dominance of the tool by mainstream broadcasters.

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The Internet of Things Is Changing How We Manage Customer Relationships

The Internet of Things Is Changing How We Manage Customer Relationships | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Getting beyond CRM.
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A couple of years ago, the obsession was with social CRM.  Now that the internet of things is becoming part of our vernacular, it is inevitable that CRM is up for a further wave of disruption.  Some interesting thoughts here.

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Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web

Digital Natives, Yet Strangers to the Web | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
he curriculum, which is designed primarily for high-school students (though he says it can be adapted for younger kids, too), includes a dozen teaching modules that would be integrated into various classes—from "Privacy" and "A is for Algorithm" to "Digital Activism" and "Cyberpsychology." Other units under development include "Remix Culture," "Gaming in Education," and "Reality—Virtual/Actual." In some ways, it could be described as the liberal arts of virtual living.
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Whether to acquire social capital or because we think it's good for their education, we inevitably invest in making sure young people are equipped with latest gadgets.  Yet we invest little time and money in ensuring that our education systems go beyond scare-mongering and start to contribute to critical thinking about the dialectic between technology and everyday life.  Digital citizenship continues to be a buzz-word for the few, or (worse) confused with 'new marketing skills'. 


This article is a good primer on the programs we need to introduce in the classroom - and the boardroom.

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Podcasts Are Doing To Advertising What Uber Has Done To Transportation

Podcasts Are Doing To Advertising What Uber Has Done To Transportation | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
I am listening to a man explain home mortgages to another man on a videogame podcast. I have known both men long enough, in the way that podcasts make strangers knowable, using mass disclosure of intimacies as a workaround for the insufficiencies of written language and a loss-leader for its [...]
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Podcasts have remained pervasive as intimate communication media.  Inevitably, slow burn advertising has gravitated towards a medium that traditionally attracts quality content.  

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'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone

'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
When a friend posted a photograph of charity worker Lindsey Stone on Facebook, she never dreamed she would lose her job and her reputation. Two years on, could she get her life back?
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I suggest you first start with the embedded video, then work your way through the article.  There is much to contemplate in this article - from the vanity of academia to the stealing of online identities and the veil afforded by online to the worst type of real life bullying and public shaming on social media.  It's another sign of the times - but not easy to digest.    

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list - see below.  Some have "alw...
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Considering that we all have to be lifelong learners, for a raft of socio-economic reasons - or for the sheer pleasure of it - this is a pretty awesome list.  To be shared with parents, people in suits, kids, educators and anyone else with an interest in digital literacy (even if they don't quite understand what that is all about...)

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Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit”

Most of the information we spread online is quantifiably “bullshit” | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
In his well-known essay On Bullshit, Harry Frankfurt defines bullshit as speech that is designed to impress but lacks a direct concern for the truth. Under such a definition, a large portion of what we read online today is likely to be bullshit. Some types of bullshit are political in nature, such as the misleading...
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Anyone who has read Howard Rheingold's 'Net Smart' knows that unless we develop crap detection capabilities, we are on the road to nowhere on the online information superhighway.  

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Thanks Howard, thanks Alex.

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Evgeny Morozov on Why Our Privacy Problem is a Democracy Problem in Disguise

Evgeny Morozov on Why Our Privacy Problem is a Democracy Problem in Disguise | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
As Web companies and government agencies analyze ever more information about our lives, it’s tempting to respond by passing new privacy laws or creating mechanisms that pay us for our data. Instead, we need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk.

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Morozov is always relevant, uncomfortable and and yet compelling reading.  There is much to savour in this long piece, about the swansong of technological determinism.  What's at stake, according to Morozov, is the 'fate of democracy'.  

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Stop saying technology is causing social isolation

Stop saying technology is causing social isolation | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
A group of friends checking their smartphones while hanging out. Almost everyone on the subway with their eyes fixed on their gadget’s…
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Life is never in black and white.  Guess that after the ongoing bashing of technology, fueled by a raft of concerns - about personal privacy, big data management, cyberbullying,dissolution of basic social skills, profiteering of the few at the expense of the many -  an article like this occasionally reminds us that all is not lost with the techologies we used to believe brough freedom and empowerment to our lives.   

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Selfies and the Corrosion of Human Memory

Selfies and the Corrosion of Human Memory | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
In an attempt to be original, to stand out amongst the almost 300 million other selfies on Instagram, we actually fade into the background. We become mundane. Photos are no longer about remembering an event; they’re about displaying. They’re about showing the world who we are, who we wish to be. And it's damaging our ability to remember.
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I start teaching a course on social media strategy today at the University of Malta.  Inevitably, although my students are following management courses, I will steer them towards digital culture territory.  So the selfie, the 'corrosion of human memory', and the uneasy dialectic between technology and culture are about to meet 21 year-olds' own interpretations of their technologies of life.  And hopefully, somehow, my 'teaching' and their 'learning' will eventually morph into the more satisfying process of co-learning.

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The End of the Internet Dream?

The End of the Internet Dream? - Backchannel - Medium
Blackhat’s keynote speaker says it’s up to us to make sure the Net is our liberator, not our oppressor
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For those of us who fell in love with the Internet decades ago, this is painful reading.  And yet, deep down, we know that the pendulum has already swung away so much from the heady days of Perry Barlow's Electronic Freedom Frontier to almost leave us feeling naive, embarrassed about the 'old us'. Since all of us who understand that the balance of power has shifted to the hegemonic bloc sometimes feel that we can still 'do something about it'.  Jennifer Granick's thoughtful piece needs to be read and re-read - if for nothing else, to keep us out of whatever comfort zone we find ourselves in - as we teach, consult and occasionally use the media to shake the old trees.  The old trees are remarkably resilient, and their roots are long enough to bog down even the most well-meaning of us old Internet dreamers.

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That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket

That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Stop thinking of Silicon Valley as an engineer's paradise. There's far more work for liberal arts majors -- who know how to sell and humanize.
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This is precisely the reason why I decided way back that my PhD had to be grounded in the liberal arts, as opposed to 'business'.  Reading Gramsci and Fairclough for a while can help you remarkably in thinking sideways.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 7 Essential Apps for Academics and Research Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 7 Essential Apps for Academics and Research Students | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it

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If you can Google it, why teach it?

If you can Google it, why teach it? | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
With Google in the classroom, teachers should reimagine lessons for the device generation.
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It may well be that we have to focus on the familiar and the mainstream - the Google algorithm and Online Search - to try and cajole education out of its 20th century rut.  We are still a long way from some tipping point where teaching institutions and paid educators dispense with the notion of education as knowledge and information transfer via transmission channels and embrace co-learning, connected learning, flipped classrooms, learning outcomes....   We need to reimagine  teaching as much as need to reinvent the classroom.  It may just be that we have to rely on the very results of online search to bring something 'new' into the bricks and mortar classroom to  stimulate discussion, debate, thinking sideways. 

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Completing An Online Course: 13 Time Management Tips - eLearning Industry

Completing An Online Course: 13 Time Management Tips - eLearning Industry | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Looking for Time Management Tips To Complete An Online Course? Check the Completing An Online Course: 13 Time Management Tips
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Online courses continue to have poor completion statistics for a raft of socio-cultural reasons. This is a useful checklist to beat becoming another statistic.
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Prof, no one is reading you

Prof, no one is reading you | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Many of the world's most talented thinkers may be university professors, but sadly most of them are not shaping today's public debates or influencing policies.
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This reminds me of conversations with an eminent academic while I navigated through my PhD.  In the end we negotiated a mutually-beneficial compromise.  I gained invaluable insights into political philosophy over conversations fueled by caffeine.  He got himself online journal that I set up over OJS. 

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Is social media really a waste of time? Harvard professor gets it wrong

Is social media really a waste of time? Harvard professor gets it wrong | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
A prominent author tells brands that social media will not help their bottom line. Marketing leaders think differently.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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As usual, these things are never in black and white.  Looking for a direct, linear relationship between social media 'marketing' and the bottom seems equally flawed. 

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Joseph McCaleb's curator insight, March 10, 2015 9:48 AM

social media has value "in building relationships with customers, offering responsive technical support, and engaging efforts to establish a sustainable base of consumer advocates."

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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Cameron

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Cameron - The Message - Medium
Why a seemingly sensible proposal to compel back doors in Internet communications apps is a bad idea
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Jonathan ZIttrain's insightful piece debunks efforts by big government for more online surveillance in the name of the public good.  Must read.

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