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What’s the 'problem' with MOOCs?

What’s the 'problem' with MOOCs? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In case the quotes didn’t clue you in, this post doesn’t argue against massive open online courses (MOOCs) such as the ones offered by Udacity, Coursera, and edX. I think they are very worthy ventures and will serve to progress our system of higher education. I do however agree with some criticisms of these courses, and that there is room for much more progress.

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Why Gamergaters piss me the f*** off

Why Gamergaters piss me the f*** off | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Chris Kluwe played in the NFL for eight years, but he’s been a gamer for 26 — and he’s tired of the misogyny in today’s gaming community.

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Victims of online harassment describe their experiences

Victims of online harassment describe their experiences | Technoculture | Scoop.it

73% of adult internet users have seen someone be harassed in some way online and 40% have personally experienced it. Respondents who have personally experienced online harassment were asked to elaborate about their most recent incident in their own words.

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Who does Big Data think you are?

Who does Big Data think you are? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

New interactive map lets you check your regional stereotype by zip code. It's as much fun as you think it will be.

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What role does technology play in record levels of income inequality?

What role does technology play in record levels of income inequality? | Technoculture | Scoop.it

The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe. Why?

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Quantum computers: the world's first buyers' guide

Quantum computers: the world's first buyers' guide | Technoculture | Scoop.it

With the first quantum computer already on the market, and more in the offing, should you splash the cash? Here's our verdict on the best buys out there.

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Online passwords for banking and shopping should be changed 'at least every two months'

Online passwords for banking and shopping should be changed 'at least every two months' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Warnings issued after a boom in the illegal trade in personal data.

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Oxford business students helped Thom Yorke's BitTorrent release

Oxford business students helped Thom Yorke's BitTorrent release | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Add a group of Oxford business students to the list of people who kept Thom Yorke's new solo album a secret from the world. MBA candidates at the prestigious university worked with the Radiohead singer's management team on the experimental set, titled Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, which was released Sept. 26 via peer-to-peer file-sharing service BitTorrent.

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Major video game associations condemn Gamergate's harassment of women

Major video game associations condemn Gamergate's harassment of women | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) & International Game Developers Association (IDGA) speak out against harassment by Gamergaters against women.

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View from nowhere: on the cultural ideology of Big Data

View from nowhere: on the cultural ideology of Big Data | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Nathan Jurgenson: Big Data research cannot be understood outside the powerful nexus of data science and social-media companies. It’s where the commanding view-from-nowhere ideology of Big Data is most transparent; it’s where the algorithms, databases, and venture capital all meet.

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Watch the moment a man with a bionic eye sees for the first time in 33 years

Watch the moment a man with a bionic eye sees for the first time in 33 years | Technoculture | Scoop.it

American Larry Hester has been blind for 33 years due to a condition called retinitis pigmentosa.

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Eight days in a Hong Kong hotel room with Edward Snowden

Eight days in a Hong Kong hotel room with Edward Snowden | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Snowden watches the global fallout from Greenwald’s stories on the TV in his hotel room.

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Rise of 'voiceprint' ID technology has privacy campaigners concerned

Rise of 'voiceprint' ID technology has privacy campaigners concerned | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Identification of people through speech could dent trust in anonymous services, such as crime hotlines and counselling services.

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Google wants Inbox to be your email system for the next decade

Google wants Inbox to be your email system for the next decade | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Google has created a new app for people to manage their overflowing inboxes.

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Famous internet firsts: then & now

Famous internet firsts: then & now | Technoculture | Scoop.it

In this infographic, we explore a series of famous Internet firsts, including the first spam email, the first item purchased online, and some of the first social media updates. We'll also show you how these famous firsts have grown over the years.

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Gamergate: the internet is the toughest game in town – if you’re playing as a woman

Gamergate: the internet is the toughest game in town – if you’re playing as a woman | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Charlie Brooker: It’s a stealth adventure with nowhere to hide and hundreds of respawning enemies waiting to attack you the moment you stand out in any way.

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The 'radicalized' tweet

The 'radicalized' tweet | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Scotland Yard is pressuring social media companies to share user information of those who post legal but incendiary content.

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The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences'

The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences' | Technoculture | Scoop.it

If the Facebook ‘like’ is a cultural icon then the ‘dislike’ button is pure internet myth. Thousands have petitioned for it, millions have felt an unconscious itch for it and yet Facebook are as likely to introduce one as they are a ‘middle finger’ button.

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Copywrong

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Why have copyright protections grown and grown? Louis Menand on what the intellectual-property battles really mean.

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Women harassed out of their homes. Mass shooting threats. How Gamergate morphed into a monster

Women harassed out of their homes. Mass shooting threats. How Gamergate morphed into a monster | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Will the authorities — and the tech companies — take action?

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This is the beginning of the end of cable

This is the beginning of the end of cable | Technoculture | Scoop.it

HBOGO is about to be available without a cable subscription. The Lannisters and John Oliver aren't really enough to take down a hundred billion dollar cable industry, are they? Right? Wait, are they?

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MIT lab develops programmable shape-shifting carbon fibre

MIT's Self-Assembly Lab has developed materials that can be programmed to transform their shape autonomously -- from flexible carbon fibre and hybrid plastics to wood grains and textiles.

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Humanoid robot Robi to launch in Hong Kong

Humanoid robot Robi to launch in Hong Kong | Technoculture | Scoop.it

Robi, a humanoid robot that can chat and control your TV, will be available in Hong Kong later this month, its fifth market after Japan, Italy, Taiwan and the U.K.

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While you procrastinate on Facebook, more than half the world still doesn't have internet access

While you procrastinate on Facebook, more than half the world still doesn't have internet access | Technoculture | Scoop.it

And the digital divide isn't going away anytime soon.

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How vinyl made a comeback in our record collections

How vinyl made a comeback in our record collections | Technoculture | Scoop.it

While overall album sales decline, vinyl is making a comeback in Britain. ICM research shows that cassettes are also enjoying something of a revival.

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