Monday, June 27, 2016

Is Google censoring content?

An article in the June 22, 2016 US News & World Report written by Robert Epstein asserts that "Google, Inc., isn't just the world's biggest purveyor of information; it is also the world's biggest censor.

The company maintains at least nine different blacklists that impact our lives, generally without input or authority from any outside advisory group, industry association or government agency. Google is not the only company suppressing content on the internet. Reddit has frequently been accused of banning postings on specific topics, and a recent report suggests that Facebook has been deleting conservative news stories from its newsfeed, a practice that might have a significant effect on public opinion – even on voting. Google, though, is currently the biggest bully on the block." Read more

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Journal of Interrrupted Studies to help Refugees Preserve And Publish Their Research

Renee Montagne talks to Paul Ostwald, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Interrupted Studies. It will publish works by migrants and refugees whose academic research has been interrupted.

Renee Montagne, host:

"It can take researchers and academics years to get published in academic journals. It's that rigorous. So imagine if all that work were lost. That's a real possibility for scholars fleeing conflicts in the Middle East and Africa and arriving in Europe, far from their academic home bases. Today, a group of Oxford University students launches a platform to help preserve and publish that work. Paul Ostwald came up with the idea for the Journal of Interrupted Studies."  Read more...

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Teachers Still Struggling to Use Tech to Transform Instruction, Survey Finds - by Anthony Rebora

From the Education Week, 9 June 2016:

"A majority of K-12 educators responding to a new survey see themselves as risk takers or early adopters in using technology.
But the exclusive survey, conducted by the Education Week Research Center for this year's edition of Technology Counts, found that teachers, on the whole, still face systemic challenges in adapting their instruction to new technologies in transformative ways." Read more here