Parental consent, while legally sufficient, is an insufficient mechanism to protect the privacy of children and the confidentiality of student records because: It assumes parents have adequate digital literacy to make informed choices about their children’s privacy. It assumes school district immunity despite obligations under Section 79.1.b of the B.C. School Act. It assumes Google has incentive to adequately inform parents about the risks of data retention, profiling and automated decision making. It assumes computational statistical inferences derived from machine learning algorithms doesn’t threaten the privacy of children. I offer five recommendations: Strengthen the conditions for consent to be given. Expand the definition of digital literacy and offer learning opportunities for parents and teachers. Make it as easy to withdraw consent as it is to give consent. Create meaningful alternatives for students of parents who opt out. Phase out and discontinue use of GAFE in the classroom.
There is a rich design space for interacting with enumerative algorithms, and we believe an equally rich space exists for interacting with neural networks. We have a lot of work left ahead of us to build powerful and trusthworthy interfaces for interpretability. But, if we succeed, interpretability promises to be a powerful tool in enabling meaningful human oversight and in building fair, safe, and aligned AI systems (Crossposted on the Google Open Source Blog) In 2015, our early attempts to visualize how neural networks understand images led to psychedelic images. Soon after, we open sourced our code as De...
Here is a collection of links and resources associated with GSuite and Hapara for February 2018.
- Improving the menus in Google Docs editors – Google are making some word changes to the menus in the web versions of the Google Docs adn Sheets editors
- An invitation you’ll want to accept: updates to G Suite meeting room hardware – Google announced updates to make these meeting solutions even better for enterprises, including: expanding Jamboard and Hangouts Meet hardware to new countries, adding AI-powered autodraw to improve your jams and offering more Hangouts Meet hardware options for larger rooms
- Email members of a Team Drive – To improve collaboration in Team Drives, Google are adding the ability to email all the members of a Team Drive.
- New ways to comment on Microsoft files (and more) in Google Drive – Google are making it possible to comment directly on more file types including Microsoft Office files, PDFs and images—without having to convert them into Docs, Sheets or Slides.
- Free Screen and Webcam Recording on your Chromebook. Easily Capture Lectures, Webinars, Demos, Tutorials and more – Screencastomatic is now available on a Chromebook.
- An invitation you’ll want to accept: updates to G Suite meeting room hardware – Google has announced the addition of AutoDraw to the Jamboard software.
- The Instant Motion Tracking Behind Motion Stills AR – Google has announced a new Augmented Reality (AR) mode in Motion Stills for Android. With the new AR mode, a user simply touches the viewfinder to place fun, virtual 3D objects on static or moving horizontal surfaces.
- It’s Safer Internet Day: Key tools to protect yourself online #SaferInternetDay – As a part of Safer Internet Day, Google has rolled out a new version of our Security Checkup, which now provides personalized guidance to help you improve the security of your account. Instead of the same checklist for everyone, the Security Checkup is now a tailored guide to securing your data – your own personal security advisor.
- A secure web is here to stay – Beginning in July 2018 with the release of Chrome 68, Chrome will mark all HTTP sites as “not secure”.
- AMP stories: Bringing visual storytelling to the open web – The AMP story format is a recently launched addition to the AMP Project that provides content publishers with a mobile-focused format for delivering news and information as visually rich, tap-through stories.
- The browser for a web worth protecting – Chrome is stopping all ads on sites that repeatedly display video ads that play at full blast or giant pop-ups where you can’t seem to find the exit icon even after they’ve been flagged
- Bringing the power of AMP to Gmail – Google announced the addition of AMP to email allowing users to potentially complete various actions within the body of the email.
- New Drive File Stream settings for your organization’s deployment – Drive File Stream lets you stream files directly from the cloud to your computer and select files to be available offline
- The Google Assistant is going global – Nick Fox discusses the expansion of Google Assistant. With more languages, more features and closer integrations with phone makers and carriers, the Assistant is getting better for you?
- Richer Google Analytics User Management – Google are introducing more powerful ways to tightly manage access to user groups inside Google Analytics and enforce user policies.
- Google Domains: an easy way to get online – Google are releasing more domain endings, as well as opening the coverage to Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
- Move projects forward from one place—Hangouts Chat now available – Google have released Chat into the core suite. From direct messages to group conversations, Chat helps teams collaborate easily and efficiently. With dedicated, virtual rooms to house projects over time—plus threaded conversations—Chat makes it simple to track progress and follow up tasks.
- Providing more comprehensive results to your questions in Search – Google are extending search to include multifaceted featured snippets. Google is able to recognize when there could be multiple interpretations of that query
- Google Vault support for Hangouts Chat – Google have announced the integration of Hangouts Chat with Vault.
- Understanding G-Suite File and Folder Sharing Settings – Jeff Bradbury looks at Sharing Settings inside of G-Suite and unpacks the many possibilities.
- The Chromebook Creativity Project – Jump in – Andy Losik has started an attempt to collate all the creative applications available for use on Chromebook.
- The @TeacherCast Top 21 Favorite Chrome Extensions for Classroom Teachers and School Leaders – Jeff Bradbury’s short list of favorite Chrome Apps and Extensions.
- HTTP still under attack – Dave Winer collects together a number of concerns associated with Google’s push to HTTPS, including the cost on the web of such a decision, as well as the possibilities of other solutions to solve the problem of security.
- CheckMark v1.0 – Chris Craft announces an update to Checkmark, allowing users to customise the comments, as well as save a version to Drive so that they can be accessed on multiple computers.
- How to Set a New Default Font for All of Your Google Docs – Richard Byrne walks users through how to change the default font in Google Docs.
- These Google Docs Add-ons Make It Easy to Find Public Domain Images – Richard Byrne documents two add-ons which make it easy to add images from Pixabay and Upsplash.
- The Built-in Google Docs Features Starter Pack – Richard Byrne lists ten features that new users of Google Docs can benefit from learning early on.
- Google Slides to Link Help and Feedback – Alice Keeler highlights some benefits to using Slides rather than Docs.
- Use Collaborative Google Slides to Create Historical Tweets – Ashley Fort shares how she has students use a Google Slides deck to create a fake Twitter profile of famous people they have researched. The students then tweet as the famous person within the Google Slides.
- 9 Awesome Add-ons to Supercharge Google Slides – Eric Curts showcases a number of Slides add-ons, include Slides Toolbox which lets users cut down on clicks associated with repeated tasks.
- Google Slides: Watch Students Collaborate with Grid View – Alice Keeler demonstrates how to use grid view in order to monitor a collaborative slide deck.
- Learning in motion: EASY stop-motion animation with Google Slides – Similar to Pivot animations, Matt Miller explains how to use Slides to create animations. He also provides a video tutorial to support this.
- Google Slides: Have Students Copy Infographics – When introducing infographics, Alice Keeler recommends recreating a template that already exists. She provides a number of tips and tricks to support this.
- Google Slides: Dice Place Value – Alice Keeler shares a template for representing place value using Google Slides
- Google Slides: Create a Drop Shadow on Text – Alice Keeler shows how to use Google Slides and Drawings to add a drop shadow to text.
- Google Forms: Link to Next Activity – Alice Keeler provides a workflow for how to use Forms to collect responses and then provide a link to the next task or resource.
- How many types of questions can you use in Google Forms? – In this video, Jeff Bradbury walks viewers through the Google Forms Question Types to see how they look from both the teacher and student point of view.
- A Student’s Guide to Using Google Sheets – Alice Keeler provides an introduction for students to four basic features: how to expand a column, turn on word wrap, make a big answer box and create a new sheet.
- Google Apps Script Patterns: Getting a Google Sheet header row – Martin Hawksey explains how to grab the header row in Google Sheets, a common operation, for example, when populating a document or sending emails.
- Google Sheets: Embed an Image – Alice Keeler explains how to use =IMAGE() to embed an image in Google Sheets.
- Google Apps Script Patterns: Using the destructuring assignment syntax and object arrays to process Google Sheet rows – Martin Hawksey demonstrates how to use object arrays to process data in Google Apps Script as an alternative to inserting columns.
- Google Apps Script Patterns: Conditionally updating rows of Google Sheet data by reading and writing data once – Martin Hawksey continues his dive into Apps Script, demonstrating how to create a record of sent emails after using GAS to send them.
- Explaining syntax differences in your formulas due to your Google Sheets location – Ben Collins explores the syntax differences that occur based on your Google Sheets location.
- Google Sites: Hide a Page – Alice Keeler demonstrates how to hide a page within the New Sites from the navigation menu.
- 6 Uses for Google Classroom Ask a Question – Alice Keeler shares some ideas for how to use ‘Ask a Question’ in Google Classroom, including as an exit ticket, to poll the class and check for understanding.
- Google Classroom Video Guide by Alice Keeler – ViewSonic has uploaded 49 short videos on Google Classroom created by Alice Keeler to a YouTube Playlist
- Dazzling Classroom Creations with Google Draw! – Emma Cottier demonstrates versatility of Google Drawings and its potential as a learning tool for students to create learning representations based on any curriculum topic
- 5 Google Drawings features you (probably) don’t know about – Matt Miller goes through some lesser known features of Drawings, such as the ability to insert video and pre-designed diagrams.
- The insane amount of backward compatibility in Google Maps – Huan Truong looks at the Google Maps API, showing how backwards compatiable it is. Where many other applications break, Maps seems to keep on working.
- Google My Maps Tips and Tricks – Tom Mullaney provides an overview of MyMaps and its various possibilities.
- Personal Connections and Google Maps – Ryan Jolivette shares how he and his students used to MyMaps to engage with Geography, as well as collaborate and explore digital citizenship.
- Bringing the power of YouTube to more countries with YouTube Go – After initially releasing in India, Google are releasing YouTube Go, an application that supports patchy connections, to more than 100 classes.
- How to Use YouTube Video Essays in the Classroom – From critique to creation, Tanner Higgens provides a number of activities assocaited with YouTube essays.
- YouTube penalises Logan Paul for dead rat Taser video – Alex Hern has reported that YouTube has once again penalised vlogger Logan Paul for posting inappropriate content, just weeks after he was suspended from the company’s paid-content program over a video trivialising suicide.
- Preventing Harm to the Broader YouTube Community – Google has announced additional steps we may take beyond our current strike systems when channels upload videos that result in widespread harm to our community of creators, viewers and advertisers.
- Updates to YouTube Live Streaming – Google is realising the ability to engage with live chat after the conversation, as well as live captions.
- How to Record your Android Screen with the YouTube Gaming App – Amit Agarwal provides a guide to recording Android using the YouTube Gaming app.
- Capture more of your favorite moments with Google Clips – Google announces the release of Clips, a new type of camera that captures the moments that happen in between posed pictures by using on-device machine learning to look for great facial expressions from the people—and pets—in your life. It turns these into short clips without you having to use video editing software.
- Updating our “right to be forgotten” Transparency Report – Looking back at three years of delisting requests.
- Dynamic Learning with G Suite – Kasey Bell shares a number of ideas for making learning more dynamic using Google.
- Googling Libraries – A collection of ways Google G Suite for Education can be used in the library, including the creation of digital spaces, supporting research, organising thinking and making connections beyond the classroom.
Antitrust has never been just about costs and benefits or fairness. It’s never been about whether we love the monopolist. People loved Standard Oil a century ago, and Microsoft in the 1990s, just as they love Google today. Rather, antitrust has always been about progress. Antitrust prosecutions are part of how technology grows. Antitrust laws ultimately aren’t about justice, as if success were something to be condemned; instead, they are a tool that society uses to help start-ups build on a monopolist’s breakthroughs without, in the process, being crushed by the monopolist. And then, if those start-ups prosper and make discoveries of their own, they eventually become monopolies themselves, and the cycle starts anew. If Microsoft had crushed Google two decades ago, no one would have noticed. Today we would happily be using Bing, unaware that a better alternative once existed. Instead, we’re lucky a quixotic antitrust lawsuit helped to stop that from happening. We’re lucky that antitrust lawyers unintentionally guaranteed that Google would thrive.
He uses the case of the vertical search site, Foundem.com, to demonstrate the way in which Google kills competition by removing them from searches.
In 2006, Google instituted a shift in its search algorithm, known as the Big Daddy update, which penalized websites with large numbers of subpages but few inbound links. A few years later, another shift, known as Panda, penalized sites that copied text from other websites. When adjustments like these occurred, Google explained to users, they were aimed at combating “individuals or systems seeking to ‘game’ our systems in order to appear higher in search results — using low-quality ‘content farms,’ hidden text and other deceptive practices.”
Left unsaid was that Google itself generates millions of new subpages without inbound links each day, a fresh page each time someone performs a search. And each of those subpages is filled with text copied from other sites. By programming its search engine to ignore other sites doing the same thing that Google was doing, critics say, the company had made it nearly impossible for competing vertical-search engines, like Foundem, to show up high in Google’s results.
Rather than living off their innovation, Adam and Shivaun Raff have spent the last twelve years campaigning against Google. Supported by Gary Reback, they took their case to European Commission in Brussels.
Reback had told Adam and Shivaun that it was important for them to keep up their fight, no matter the setbacks, and as evidence he pointed to the Microsoft trial. Anyone who said that the 1990s prosecution of Microsoft didn’t accomplish anything — that it was companies like Google, rather than government lawyers, that humbled Microsoft — didn’t know what they were talking about, Reback said. In fact, he argued, the opposite was true: The antitrust attacks on Microsoft made all the difference. Condemning Microsoft as a monopoly is why Google exists today, he said.
If such changes and challenges is dependent on individuals such as the Raff’s standing up, it makes you wondering how many just throw it all in. Cory Doctorow captures this scenario in his novel, The Makers.
When the technological investment in five million learners is being primarily spent playing games with questionable educational benefit, taking low level assessments, and watching YouTube then we have an edtech crisis on our hands. We can have "certified this" and "distinguished that" honors in our email signatures and be "ambassadors" for a thousand apps and sites but this report shows us the grim reality of how devices are really being used.
A huge amount of Chromebook use is being spent on educationally questionable video games, low level assessments, and YouTube
I think that this all highlights another point, the influence of outside influences on education. Whether it be Go Guardian, Kahoot! or Texthelp, every company is now a data company – a point Genevieve Bell makes. The concern is whose data? I wonder where such collections will sit with the changes associated with GDPR.
N.B. Don’t tell Stager!
- What’s New in Google Data Studio? – There have been a number of updates to Data Studio, including the ability to coordinate colours, field reports editing and the display of images in tables.
- Improved accessibility for Google Sheets, Slides, and Drawings – Google has added Braille support for Sheets and the option of magnifiers to Slides and Drawings.
- New navigation menu for Admin console – Google has grouped menu options based on how customers use them to create a logical multi-layered menu. This makes the menu shorter and more scannable, helping users find things quickly.
- Additional Changes to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) to Better Protect Creators – Google has announced that new channels will need to have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months to be eligible for ads. We will begin enforcing these new requirements for existing channels in YPP beginning February 20th, 2018.
- Share a Copy of a Google Form – Alice Keeler has coded an Add-on for Google Forms that creates a copy of the Form you are using and asks who you want to share the copy with
- Introducing the security center for G Suite—security analytics and best practices from Google – Google are introducing the security center for G Suite, a tool that brings together security analytics, actionable insights and best practice recommendations from Google to empower you to protect your organization, data and users.
- More menu improvements in Google Docs and Slides – Based on usage data and your feedback, Google are making some changes to the menus and toolbars in Google Docs and Slides on the web.
- Exploring art (through selfies) with Google Arts & Culture – Google has created an experiment that matches your selfie with art from the collections of museums on Google Arts & Culture
- Legacy Google Drive desktop sync client now shutting down on May 12th, 2018 – Google is shutting down the legacy desktop sync application.
- Google Earth Pro 7.3.1 Released – Google released a new version of the desktop version of Google Earth Pro version 7.3.1 (which is free despite the confusing “Pro” name).
- Improved attachment compliance in Gmail – Gmail Data Loss Prevention (DLP) has been identified to not only check for certain attachment types, but it also checks the attachments in case they have been falsely renamed.
- A new year for Chrome video – Google have begun adding support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) to get vibrant colors, darker blacks, and brighter whites from the latest HDR displays.
- Tools for every school: G Suite for Education updates – Jonathan Rochelle discusses the addition of some enterprise features, such as encryption and cloud searching, to GSuite for Education.
- Tailoring education for the 21st century: perspectives from educators – Google’s latest study ‘Fostering exploration and excellence in 21st century schools’ found that a holistic approach is key. This includes integrating different educational strategies and techniques, and empowering teachers with greater autonomy.
- Three new ways to manage files and free up space on Files Go – Files Go is our new app for freeing up storage on your phone.
- Pioneer new lessons in your classroom with Google Expeditions – Google announce a beta program that allows schools and educators to create their own expeditions.
- Publish sites to a specific audience in the new Google Sites – Google have added the ability to share sites with specific audiences.
- Gmail contextual gadgets going away on August 1st, 2018 – With the launch of Gmail of Add-ons, Google is closing down contextual gadgets.
- A reintroduction to Google’s featured snippets – In this post—the first in a new series going behind-the-scenes on how Google Search works— Danny Sullivan explores when, where and why we provide featured snippets.
- Take your Blocks models to the next level – Brittany Mennuti explains that the latest release of Blocks, available on Steam and the Oculus Store, has lots of new features that make it more powerful and even easier to use
- How to Embed MP3 Audio Files In Web Pages with the help of Google Drive – Amit Agarwal provides a step by step guide for adding and embedding audio from Google Drive.
- Backup your digital information and devices – Ian O’Byrne talks about the importance of having important information backed up three ways: the original file on your computer, a local backup and a backup in another location.
- View your Slack activity from within Google Drive – Google is adding activity events to allow you to see, in Drive, when a file is shared or discussed from within Slack.
- Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6 – Tom Warren says that Microsoft might have celebrated the death of Internet Explorer 6, but if Google isn’t careful then it might just resurrect an ugly era of the internet where “works best with Chrome” is a modern nightmare.
- How To Set A Default User In Chrome – Patrick Lucas Austin explains how to set a default user with Chrome.
- Chrome extensions galore! – Matt Miller facilitated a chat associated with Chrome extensions, with teachers sharing their perspective.
- Clean out your browser extensions – Ian O’Byrne argues that one of the best ways to mitigate risk is to regularly clear out your browser extensions that you don’t regularly use.
- Another round of click-fraud extensions pulled from Chrome Store – Richard Chirgwin reports that Icebrg’s Justin Warner and Mario De Tore have claimed that a cumulative half a million Chrome users have been hit by four malicious browser extensions pushing click and SEO fraud.
- Nasty New Chrome And Firefox Addons Won’t Let You Uninstall Them – Logan Booker explains that viruses don’t want to be removed, so the nastier ones will fight to stay put by disabling protection software, cloaking their presence and even generating fake windows and dialog boxes to give you a bum steer.
- How Google Fights Password Thieves – Kate Conger sheds some light on how Google accounts become compromised, as well as how Google finds new ways to fight back.
- Manage Multiple Google Accounts – Alice Keeler provides a quick reminder on the importance of adding multiple accounts to the browser.
- Taking Notes on a Touchscreen – Three Options Compared – Richard Byrne compares Zoho Notebook, OneNote and Google Keep for taking notes on a touchscreen.
- Try These 5 Keyboard Shortcuts – Alice Keeler provides an array of shortcuts for Windows, Mac and Chromebooks.
- All types of Chromebooks for all types of learners – Cyrus Mistry discusses the release of a new generation of Chromebooks, as well as ways that they are being integrated with STEAM.
- “Ok Google, read my book”… Introducing audiobooks on Google Play – With audiobooks on Google Play, rolling out today in 45 countries and nine languages, you can turn your time stuck in traffic, on the treadmill, or waiting in line into reading time.
- No, Google’s Arts & Culture app isn’t secretly evil – Karen Hao explains that the Arts and Culture app is set up in a way that prevents Google from feeding its algorithms as there is no built-in feedback loop
- Every Lesson is a Search Lesson – Alice Keeler discusses the importance of searching and why we need to teach it explicitely.
- The Shallowness of Google Translate – Douglas Hofstadter demonstrates the problems with Google Translate based on the lack of understanding and meaning within the process.
- The Engaging Lesson: How to Combine Mind Mapping & G Suite – Nancy Morris explains how to combine mind mapping with Google Docs in the creation of ideas and knowledge.
- Control F: Replace the Extra Space – Alice Keeler demonstrates how to remove double spacings from your text using find and replace.
- All Kaizena features now available inside Google Docs – Kaizena announce an update to Google Docs Add-on allowing students to record voice messages, embed lessons and track skills right inside a Google Doc
- Ten Overlooked Google Docs Features – Richard Bryne shares ten features that are often overlooked, such as the ability to restrict sharing and adjust page layout.
- Delegate additional Gmail privileges to users – Google have introduced three new Gmail privileges that G Suite super admins can grant to other users—without needing to give them super admin status: (1) Email Log Search, (2) Access Admin Quarantine, and (3) Access Restricted Quarantines.
- 15 Gmail Hacks for Busy Teachers – Reuben Yonatan provides a series of tips associated with Gmail and supports this with easy to follow graphics.
- How to Create & Send Screencasts from Your Inbox – Richard Byrne demonstrates how to generate and send screenshots from your inbox using Loom.
- How to Send Emails with Google Forms Based on User’s Answers – With the Forms Email Notifications add-on, you can automatically send emails to anyone each time a user submits your Google Form.
- New Google Calendar web UI to begin automatically upgrading users on January 8th, 2018 – From January 8th, Google will begin auto-upgrading users whose domains are set to the automatic (default) rollout option.
- Make Appointment Slots in Google Calendar – Alice Keeler provides a how to make appointment slots in the new Google Calendar.
- Everything is Digital When You Can Take a Picture of It – Alice Keeler demonstrates how to use Slides to capture work and then provide feedback.
- 21 New Free Interactive Pear Deck Templates for Google Slides – Eric Curts says that wth the new version of the Pear Deck add-on a few things have changed, including 21 pre-made interative templates.
- This Add-on Makes It Easy to Create Photo Slideshows – Richard Byrne explains that Photo Slideshow is a free Add-on that makes it quick and easy to import an entire Google Photos or Google Drive folder into Google Slides
- Free Music to Use In Google Slides Presentations – Richard Byrne provides a guide to an add-on for inserting music and some links to some free repositories.
- How to Create an Interactive Diagram in Google Slides – Richard Byrne shows that by linking slides you can create an interactive diagram in Google Slides.
- Ten Overlooked Google Slides Features – Richard Byrne discusses a number of features assocaited with Slides that will let you accomplish the things that you used to do in PowerPoint or Keynote while others will just save you a bit of time
- Google Slides: Collaborative Meme Template – Alice Keeler demonstrates how to include all 4 C’s in an assignment involving the creation of a meme.
- How to Add Q&A to Your Google Slides Presentations – Richard Byrne creates a short video documenting how to add Q&A to your Google Slides presentations.
- formRecycler – Easy Reuse of Google Forms Questions – Richard Byrne shows how to use the formRecycler add-on to copy questions from one form to another.
- Google Forms: Require a Valid Email Address – Alice Keeler steps through how to require a valid email address to be submitted via Google Forms.
- 3 new tools to help improve your Apps Script development and management experience – Google are providing three new tools to help further improve your workflows and manage Apps Script projects: Apps Script dashboard, Apps Script API and Apps Script Command Line Interface.
- BigQuery + Data Studio (pricing, upload limits, formatting) – David Krevitt addresses some questions associated with BigQuery and Data Studio.
- Conditional color formatting with custom formulas in Sheets – David Krevitt discusses custom formulas for conditional formatting.
- An easy formula: 5 reasons your business should try Google Sheets – Google provide a guide to why Sheets is so powerful, bringing together a number of updates and improvements, such as automation and artifical intelligence.
- How to use Google Sheets: A Beginner’s Guide – Ben Collins provides a tutorial that will help take users from being an absolute beginner with Sheets, through to a confident, competent, intermediate-level user.
- Google Classroom Tips – Tony Vincent collects together a number of his graphics assocated with Google Classroom in one space.
- Google Classroom: Edit Class Name – Alice Keeler provides some guides on naming Google Classroom’s and how to modify them.
- Google Classroom: Submit a Screenshot and use DriveSlides – Alice Keeler discusses the use of DriveSlides to collect together student screenshots.
- Use Google Drawings as an Alternative to Thinglink – Richard Byrne discusses how Thinglink recently made some changes to their free plans that further limited access for students and suggests using Google Drawings instead to create hyperlinked images.
- Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity – Matt Miller and Laura Steinbrink provide a series of visual activities to do with Google Drawings to support deeper thinking.
- Add an Image to Your Tweet – Alice Keeler has shown how to create a graphics to add to Google to share on Twitter.
- Resize a Google Drawing – Alice Keeler explains how to change the size of a canvas in Google Drawings.
- Google Maps No Longer Lets You Post Negative Reviews About Your Crappy Job – Sidney Fussell explains how Google has updated its Maps policies to ban certain business reviews left by former employees.
- Polar Bear “Street” View Lesson Plans – Richard Byrne discusses Polar Bears International offer of lesson plans designed to help students learn about polar bears and their habitat.
- Hanging Out with Google Hangouts – GTT038 – Kasey Bell and Matt Miller discuss Hangouts and its potential in the connected classroom.
- Finding a class to partner with virtually AND activities to do together – Matt Miller provides twenty activities to do with virtual partner classes.
- Hangouts Meet metrics in Reports API; tablet support now available – To help you better understand Hangouts Meet usage within your domain,Google are introducing more than 50 new metrics in the Reports API Customer Usage report. These new metrics provide details on the duration, size, and device-specific characteristics of the Meet calls across your organization.
- Google’s art selfies aren’t available in Illinois. Here’s why. – Ally Marotti explains why the Arts & Culture Selfie feature is banned in Illinois due to laws around biometrics.
- Google Is Testing a New App That Would Let Anyone Publish a Local News Story – Bulletin is an app for contributing hyperlocal stories about your community, for your community, right from your phone. If you are comfortable taking photos or sending messages, you can create a Bulletin story.
- Google Home in the Classroom? – Holly Clark discusses the possibilities and potentials associated with Google Home.
- Google Keep: Quick Student Feedback on Google Docs and Slides – Larry Goble suggestions making your own lists, stickers and comments in Keep to use when providing feedback in Docs and Slides.
- The Social-Media Star and the Suicide – People may want to punish Logan Paul’s crassness and disrespect in posting a dead body, but he, like every other social-media star, was responding to the incentives that have been set up for them.
- When Playing a YouTube Video – Tony Vincent provides a simple graphic with three useful shortcuts to use when playing video on YouTube.
- It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech – Discussing the democratic problems with YouTube and Facebook, Zeynep Tufekei argues that we can decide how we want to handle digital surveillance, attention-channeling, harassment, data collection, and algorithmic decisionmaking, we just need to start the discussion.
- Transcribing audio with less pain – Christian Bokhove explains how he uses YouTube to transcribe audio.
- My Unprofessional Videos – Richard Byrne explains that he makes ‘unprofessional’ videos for three reasons: best use of time, value and modelling a meaningful process.
- 10 Interactive Tools for Students to Create How-To Videos – Farid Gasim lists a number of applications that students can use in the creation of videos.
- YouTube to fund videos that ‘counter hate’ as pressure over extremism grows – Alex Hern reports that YouTube is to spend more than $5m funding creators who “counter hate and promote tolerance.”
- Content moderation is not a panacea: Logan Paul, YouTube, and what we should expect from platforms – Tarleton Gillespie explains there is no simple answer as to where such lines should be drawn in regards to YouTube, as every rule associated with content moderation will be plagued with “what abouts”
- Now even YouTube serves ads with CPU-draining cryptocurrency miners – Dan Goodin reports the use of malicious adds within YouTube that are being used to support the mining of bitcoin.
- When It Comes to Gorillas, Google Photos Remains Blind – Tom Simonite explains that Google’s caution around images of gorillas illustrates a shortcoming of existing machine-learning technology. With enough data and computing power, software can be trained to categorize images or transcribe speech to a high level of accuracy. But it can’t easily go beyond the experience of that training. And even the very best algorithms lack the ability to use common sense, or abstract concepts, to refine their interpretation of the world as humans do.
- Go-to Google Photos tips for 2018 – Daisy Lui provides some tips associated with Google Photos, including the ability to share, remove clutter and organise using labels.
- EdTech Trends for 2018 with Martin McKay – Martin McKay discusses the use of data from 12 million users to develop a set of nationalised writing norms.
- g(Math) Has Been Deleted – Try These Three Alternatives – Richard Byrne provides some other Add-ons students might consider using for inserting graphs and equations into your Google Documents and Google Forms.
- Answering your questions about “Meltdown” and “Spectre” – Matt Linton and Matthew O’Conner provide a Q and A associated with the impact of Spectre and Meltdown.
- Review & Revoke Social Logins & Third Party App Access – Ian O’Byrne raises several concerns with social logins for new accounts, such as trusting one site with personal or private information that you gave to another site.
- How Google Keeps Our Data Safe- Teaching and Learning Webinar – Lisa Thumann leads a webinar discussing data and the protections put in place by Google to protect it.
- 15 Ideas to Google-Fy Student Projects – Whoos Reading curates a list of activities that Google can support.
Moving beyond code and intensive degrees to these constant, lightweight and ubiquitous forms of education will take resources and experimentation. But that effort should help close today’s skills gaps, while making sure future skills gaps don’t open. That’s part of the reason Google has invested $1 billion over five years to help find new approaches to connect people to opportunities at work and help small and medium businesses everywhere grow in the digital economy. We should make sure that the next generation of jobs are good jobs, in every sense. Rather than thinking of education as the opening act, we need to make sure it’s a constant, natural and simple act across life—with lightweight, flexible courses, skills and programs available to everyone.
We should make sure that the next generation of jobs are good jobs, in every sense.
I am not sure what good jobs exactly refers to or are. Good for whom and for what?
- Nine third-party applications added to the G Suite pre-integrated SSO apps catalog – Google is adding SAML integration for 9 additional applications: Dashlane, Docebo, Front, InVision, IT Glue, Pivotal Tracker, Sumo Logic, SurveyMonkey and Zoom.
- Two changes to navigation in Admin console reports – Google are making two changes in the Admin console to improve the visibility of reports for specific G Suite apps: first, they are renaming “Aggregate reports” to “Apps” and second, they are moving all of the app-specific reports previously nested under Reports > Aggregate reports to the left-side navigation
- Changing how you view photos and videos in Google Drive – In early January 2018, Google will simplify Drive navigation by removing the Google Photos tab. Users can continue to access photos and videos in Drive by creating a Google Photos folder in My Drive.
- Changing how you view photos and videos in Google Drive – In early January 2018, Google will simplify Drive navigation by removing the Google Photos tab. Users can continue to access photos and videos in Drive by creating a Google Photos folder in My Drive.
- Improving Search and discovery on Google – Google have made three new additions to help you explore further, including expanded Featured Snippets, improved functionality of Knowledge Panels, and suggested content as you search for a particular topic.
- Pivot to the cloud: intelligent features in Google Sheets help businesses uncover insights – Google are making a number of improvements to Sheets, including the ability to easily create pivot tables with Explore and more suggested formulas when you type =.
- Google Keep Integrates with Google Drawings – Tom Mullaney shows that Keep is not integrated into Drawings.
- Shutting down classic Google Calendar Interop tool on February 28, 2018 – As Google continues to provide more features for the new Calendar Interop tool, they will be shutting down the classic version of Calendar Interop on February 28, 2018. Organizations that have previously configured the classic version of the Calendar Interop tool must switch to the new version of Calendar Interop by this date.
- New categories and languages for templates in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides – Google have worked with a range of third-parties to provide access to templates to support project management and human resources.
- Hangouts Meet now available in the Google Calendar API – Google are making it possible to access conference information through the Google Calendar API. With this update, developers can now read conference data associated with events, copy conference data from one event to another and request new conference generation for an event.
- Easily turn apps on or off in the Admin console – Google have made it easier to turn apps on and off within the Admin console.
- YouTube now properly displays vertical videos on iOS – Jacob Kastrenakes provides the news (shared on Twitter) that YouTube on iOS now adjusts the dimensions to remove the black bars.
- Collaboration in G Suite – An Overview – Tom Mullaney looks at how teachers can use G Suite for student collaboration.
- A Tip for Unorganized Google Drive Users Like Me – Richard Byrne provides some tips for searching within Google Drive.
- Improving the menus and toolbars in Google Docs and Slides – Google are making some changes to the menus and toolbars in Google Docs and Slides on the web. These changes will make it easier to find certain items and increase consistency across Docs and Slides.
- Privacy Differences between Consumer gMail and gSuite for Education – Jim Siegl unpacks the differences between the consumer Google accounts that are familiar to many parents, and the gSuite for Education accounts that are used in schools.
- Coding with Chromebooks – Kern Kelley explains why coding is so powerful and provides a number of options to get started when using a Chromebook.
- Education on Air: Work Smarter: Productivity and Automation – Chris Betcher shows you a range of productivity ideas including gesture techniques, tab management, keyboard shortcuts and automation extensions.
- How to add grid lines to Google Slides – Eric Curts shows how to use the MB-Ruler extension to add grid lines to Google Slides (or any web tool) to help divide up your canvas when creating image and shapes, or when laying out objects.
- How To Avoid Getting Tracked As You Browse The Web – David Nield provides some strategies for protecting your identity and data on line, including various add-ons and additional services.
- Screenshade: An Extension from EdTechTeam – Chris Craft introduces Screenshade, an extension which allows users to cover a portion of the screen and reveal it after a certain time.
- Five Tools for Creating Animations on Chromebooks – Richard Byrne summarises five options for creating an animation on a Chromebook.
- Fit More Bookmarks into Chrome’s Bookmark Bar – Tony Vincent provides a graphic explaining how removing the title associated with bookmarks allows you to fit more.
- 10 Excellent Extensions for Chrome – Eric Curts highlights ten Chrome extensions worth checking out.
- How To Browse The Web As Anonymously As Possible – 2017 Edition – The team at Pixel Privacy have collected a number of strategies to support users with online privacy and security. There are quite a few tips associated with Chrome and Mobile operating systems.
- Seven Ways to Create Screencasts on Chromebooks – With the addition of Screencast-O-Matic, Richard Byrne highlights seven tools that teachers and students can use to create screencast videos on their Chromebooks.
- Fun Ways to Use Book Creator in the Classroom – With the arrival of Book Creator to Chromebooks, Holly Clark documents a number of possibilities for the classroom.
- Chrome OS, Not Android, Is Probably The Future Of Google Tablets – With the addition of Android to Chromebooks, Alex Cranz suggests that Chrome OS may be the domanent operating system for Google tablets moving forward.
- The Web Is Abundant. Find Another Source – Mike Caulfield explains how in a world with 100s of possible sources, so much of what you do is less about finding coverage than about limiting it through filters. This is why searching Google’s curated news site, rather than running a general search, is so simple , but powerful.
- Year in Search: The moments that defined 2017 in Australia – From from slime to sport, covfefe to cryptocurrency and hurricanes to hot cross buns – Google highlights the eclectic searches done by Australians in 2017.
- How Climate Change Deniers Rise to the Top in Google Searches – Hiroko Tabuchi explains how climate denialist ads are an example of contrarian groups can use the internet’s largerst automated advertising systems to their advantage, game the system to find a mass platform for false or misleading claims.
- Google Docs: Email as Attachment – Alice Keeler steps through sending a document in a diffferent format via Email.
- Sending Email from a Forwarded Gmail Using Mailgun – Jim Groom explains how to use Mailgun to send responses from different addresses through the Gmail client.
- How Hotmail changed Microsoft (and email) forever – Although Gmail may be the most dominant free email client, Sean Gallagher paints a picture of a time when this was Hotmail and the legacy that this set in place.
- Update Google Calendar resources using the Calendar Resource APIs – Google introduced the new Calendar experience on the web, including the ability to add more structured data about your buildings and resources. We’re now making it easier to add and edit that information with updates to the existing Calendar Resources API, as well as adding two new APIs: Buildings and Features.
- Create Your Own Google Slides Holiday Cards – Monica Martinez provides a five step guide for creating holiday cards with Google Slides.
- Mobile Google Slides: Adding Pictures – Alice Keeler breaks down how to add images to Slides on mobile devices.
- How to add grid lines to Google Slides – Eric Curts shows how to use the MB-Ruler extension to add grid lines to Google Slides (or any web tool) to help divide up your canvas when creating image and shapes, or when laying out objects.
- Google Slides: Creating Feedback Slides – Alice Keeler demonstrates how to use linked slides to provides feedback to students. However, as she explains, the trick is to pre-plan, that is, creating enough “blank” slides in presentation A and link them into the student slides to accommodate any potential updates and feedback you may want to share.
- Meet Remote for Google Slides, a new way to control your presentation slides – Henry Lim introduces a new Chrome Extension and a Progressive Web App that allows you to control Google Slides on any device, remotely, without the need for any extra hardware.
- Rockin’ Google Slides Templates – GTT034 – Ryan O’Donnell (Check This Out Podcast) shares insight on Slides and talks about how he adds games to his classroom and presentations.
- Google Slides: Game Board Template – Alice Keeler provides a template for creating board games, including built in dice.
- EDU in 90: Quizzes in Google Forms – Drea Alphonso and Tim Anderson explore the basics for quiz creation in Google Forms, including set up, question types, and grading.
- Introducing Advanced Formulas 30 Day Challenge – My New Google Sheets Course – Ben Collins has developed a new course unpacking a number of advanced formulas associated with Sheets.
- Education on Air: The Tip of the Sheet – Jay Atwood provides a number a tips associated with Sheets, including resisting the erge to merge, think about sheet-scaping and validating data.
- Coding Will Save You Hours Of Your Life – Alice Keeler walks through getting started with Google Apps Scripts, explaining simple tricks such as entering a period to reveal the various options.
- Using IFTTT with Google Apps Script for delayed THAT triggers and more – Martin Hawksey explains how to use Google Apps Script as a time based triggers in IFTTT.
- Adding snow to Google Slides with the help of Google Apps Script – Martin Hawksey adds a bit of Christmas to slides using Apps Script to generate random snowflakes.
- Project Management in Sheets – David Krevitt on designing a suite of Sheets to support project mangement.
- Google Sheets: =UNIQUE() –
- Google Sites: Embed a Twitter Feed – Alice Keeler demonstrates how to use the new update for Sites to embed a social media feed, this includes steps to setting up your own widget in Twitter.
- The Wonderful World of Web Widgets – Tony Vincent provides a guide to working with widgets on the web, a useful resource with the addition of the option to embed objects in the new Sites.
- Code Font in Google Sites – Alice Keeler explains the difference between code font and a font for code.
- Supersize Learning with Google Sites – GTT035 – Kasey Bell and Matt Miller reassess the new Sites with the addition of HTML and Java Script.
- Using Google Classroom to Teach Coding and Programming – The TechEducator Podcast take a look at how general education teachers can infuse Coding and Programming lessons into their curriculum and package them neatly to be distributed through Google Classroom.
- Unbury a Google Classroom Post – Tony Vincent explains how to move a post in Classroom to the top of the list.
- Google Classroom: Hold Down the Control Key – Alice Keeler demonstrates some benefits of holding down CTRL when clicking on links in Google Classroom.
- Google Classroom Top New Features to Learn with Alice Keeler – On Vicki Davis’ podcast, Alice Keeler discusses the addition of the return count, private comments and signing in with a Gmail account.
- 3 Tools for Making Memes in School – Eric Curts unpacks three ways to create memes, including both Google Drawings and the new Meme Buddy Tool.
- Safe For School Meme Generator Google Drawings Template – Meredith Akers has created a template with word art text boxes, instructions off the canvas on the left side of the screen and numerous images to choose off of the canvas on the right side of the screen.
- Crash! Bang! Boom! How to add Google Drawings comic strips to your class – Matt Miller and Cori Orlando demonstrate how to use Drawings to create comics
- A crabtivating journey: Street View joins a crab migration of millions on Christmas Island – Street View is venturing to Christmas Island, a remote Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, to join more than 45 million local residents for their annual trip from the forests to seas. Christmas Island’s famous, endemic red crabs have begun their once-a-year migration.
- Google Maps’s Moat – Justin O’Beirne discusses the addition of ‘Areas of Interests’ to Google Maps and explains that the challenge for Apple is that these AOIs aren’t collected—they’re created. And Apple appears to be missing the ingredients to create AOIs at the same quality, coverage, and scale as Google.
- New Google+ community metrics for G Suite admins and community moderators – Google are continuing the effort to manage Google+ communities by introducing Google+ community metrics, surfaced in two places: the Admin console and in the Google+ community dashboard.
- My Top Two #EdTech Tools of 2017 – Richard Wells reflects on two tools, voice typing and Google Cardboard, that have aided his way of working this year.
- One OneNote Feature I Wish Google Keep Had – Richard Byrne identifies a missing feature to Keep, the ability to clip full pages directly into a notebook.
- 5 Features of Google Keep – Alice Keeler unpacks five features worth knowing in Google Keep.
- It’s time for #YouTubeRewind: Celebrating what you watched, shared, and created in 2017 – #YouTubeRewind is back looking at top trending videos of 2017.
- Shortcuts When Playing a YouTube Video – Tony Vincent provides a graphic summarising three key shortcuts associated with playing video on YouTube
- How to Apply Blurring to Faces in YouTube Videos – Richard Bryne highlights the blurring tool in YouTube’s video editing tool.
- 2017 Was YouTube’s Best Year Ever. It was Also Its Worst. – Ben Popper explains that this last year on YouTube shows what happens when your structure is the total opposite, when you combine accessible monetization at a massive scale with a very young audience and largely automated editorial oversight.
- A Glossary of Blogging Vocabulary – Richard Byrne provides a vocabulary for unpacking blogs. Although not explicitly about Blogger, it still provides a useful reference.
- The Evolution of Monitoring – Hapara has compiled a resource bringing together a number of educators to reflect upon their experiences of monitoring.
- Oops. Another 39 #Txed Schools Suffer Data Breach #cybersecurity – Miguel Guhlin shares a recent data breach and explains what to do about it.
- Support G Suite Learning with GIFs – GTT033 – Jake Miller joins Matt Miller and Kasey Bell to share the power of GIFs and how to support users of G Suite.
- Education On Air Australia and New Zealand – An online conference organised by Google looking at learning, technology and the future. Beginning with a series of keynotes from prominant figures in education, such as Jonathan Rochelle, Jan Owen and Dr Simon Breakspear, it is then followed by a number of breakout sessions exploring transformation in education.
- Education On Air : The Challenge of Leading Change – Chris Harte explains the potential of GSuite and the importance of starting with why.
- Top 16 Edtech Podcasts – Jennifer Snelling collects together a number of edtech podcasts recommended by the wider ISTE community.
- We’ve Moved! @GoogleFont – Google have moved the location of its font collections.
- 7 Helpful Hacks for Google Tools – Eric Curts takes a look at seven helpful hacks to get more out of your Google experience, including putting emojis in the title of folders and changing the YouTube playback speed.
- EdTechTeam Teaching and Learning Live: Accessibility for All – Lisa Thumann leads a webinar discussing strategies and tools to meet the needs of all your students, especially those with learning disabilities
- EDU in 90: that’s a wrap on season one – Tim Anderson reflects on the first season of EDU in 90, the Google in Education update vlog.
- 12 things you may have missed from Google this year – Emily Wood takes a look back at 2017 from the perspective of Google.
The book was recently adapted for film. I am not sure though whether it captures Eggers’ nuances associated with character.
Here are some quotes from the book which stuck out:
Instead, he put all of it, all of every user’s needs and tools, into one pot and invented TruYou—one account, one identity, one password, one payment system, per person. There were no more passwords, no multiple identities. Your devices knew who you were, and your one identity—the TruYou, unbendable and unmaskable—was the person paying, signing up, responding, viewing and reviewing, seeing and being seen. You had to use your real name, and this was tied to your credit cards, your bank, and thus paying for anything was simple. One button for the rest of your life online. To use any of the Circle’s tools, and they were the best tools, the most dominant and ubiquitous and free, you had to do so as yourself, as your actual self, as your TruYou. The era of false identities, identity theft, multiple user names, complicated passwords and payment systems was over. Anytime you wanted to see anything, use anything, comment on anything or buy anything, it was one button, one account, everything tied together and trackable and simple, all of it operable via mobile or laptop, tablet or retinal. Once you had a single account, it carried you through every corner of the web, every portal, every pay site, everything you wanted to do. TruYou changed the internet, in toto, within a year. Though some sites were resistant at first, and free-internet advocates shouted about the right to be anonymous online, the TruYou wave was tidal and crushed all meaningful opposition. It started with the commerce sites. Why would any non-porn site want anonymous users when they could know exactly who had come through the door? Overnight, all comment boards became civil, all posters held accountable. The trolls, who had more or less overtaken the internet, were driven back into the darkness.
Production on the cameras, which were as yet unavailable to consumers, went into overdrive. The manufacturing plant, in China’s Guangdong province, added shifts and began construction on a second factory to quadruple their capacity. Every time a camera was installed and a new leader had gone transparent, there was another announcement from Stenton, another celebration, and the viewership grew. By the end of the fifth week, there were 16,188 elected officials, from Lincoln to Lahore, who had gone completely clear, and the waiting list was growing. The pressure on those who hadn’t gone transparent went from polite to oppressive. The question, from pundits and constituents, was obvious and loud: If you aren’t transparent, what are you hiding? Though some citizens and commentators objected on grounds of privacy, asserting that government, at virtually every level, had always needed to do some things in private for the sake of security and efficiency, the momentum crushed all such arguments and the progression continued. If you weren’t operating in the light of day, what were you doing in the shadows? And there was a wonderful thing that tended to happen, something that felt like poetic justice: every time someone started shouting about the supposed monopoly of the Circle, or the Circle’s unfair monetization of the personal data of its users, or some other paranoid and demonstrably false claim, soon enough it was revealed that that person was a criminal or deviant of the highest order. One was connected to a terror network in Iran. One was a buyer of child porn. Every time, it seemed, they would end up on the news, footage of investigators leaving their homes with computers, on which any number of unspeakable searches had been executed and where reams of illegal and inappropriate materials were stored. And it made sense. Who but a fringe character would try to impede the unimpeachable improvement of the world? Within weeks, the non-transparent officeholders were treated like pariahs. The clear ones wouldn’t meet with them if they wouldn’t go on camera, and thus these leaders were left out. Their constituents wondered what they were hiding, and their electoral doom was all but assured. In any coming election cycle, few would dare to run without declaring their transparency—and, it was assumed, this would immediately and permanently improve the quality of candidates. There would never again be a politician without immediate and thorough accountability, because their words and actions would be known and recorded and beyond debate. There would be no more back rooms, no more murky deal-making. There would be only clarity, only light.
Would you have behaved differently if you’d known about the SeeChange cameras at the marina?” “Yes.” Bailey nodded empathetically. “Okay. How?” “I wouldn’t have done what I did.” “And why not?” “Because I would have been caught.” Bailey tilted his head. “Is that all?” “Well, I wouldn’t want anyone seeing me do that. It wasn’t right. It’s embarrassing.” He put his cup on the table next to him and rested his hands on his lap, his palms in a gentle embrace. “So in general, would you say you behave differently when you know you’re being watched?” “Sure. Of course.”
SECRETS ARE LIES SHARING IS CARING PRIVACY IS THEFT
“That’s the idea,” Jackie said. “Just as within the Circle we know our Participation Rank, for example, soon we’ll be able to know at any given moment where our sons or daughters stand against the rest of American students, and then against the world’s students.” “That sounds very helpful,” Mae said. “And would eliminate a lot of the doubt and stress out there.” “Well, think of what this would do for a parent’s understanding of their child’s chances for college admission. There are about twelve thousand spots for Ivy League freshmen every year. If your child is in the top twelve thousand nationally, then you can imagine they’d have a good chance at one of those spots.” “And it’ll be updated how often?” “Oh, daily. Once we get full participation from all schools and districts, we’ll be able to keep daily rankings, with every test, every pop quiz incorporated instantly. And of course these can be broken up between public and private, regional, and the rankings can be merged, weighted, and analyzed to see trends among various other factors—socioeconomic, race, ethnicity, everything.”
“And as you all know,” he said, turning to Mae, speaking to her watchers, “we here at the Circle have been talking about Completion a lot, and though even us Circlers don’t know yet just what Completion means, I have a feeling it’s something like this. Connecting services and programs that are just inches apart. We track kids for safety, we track kids for educational data. Now we’re just connecting these two threads, and when we do, we can finally know the whole child. It’s simple, and, dare I say, it’s complete.”
“For this experiment, Mae, and the Circle as a whole, to work, it has to be absolute. It has to be pure and complete. And I know this episode will be painful for a few days, but trust me, very soon nothing like this will be the least bit interesting to anyone. When everything is known, everything acceptable will be accepted. So for the time being, we need to be strong. You need to be a role model here. You need to stay the course.”
“You’re completely overthinking it. No one, I mean no one, will look at you funny because some ancient ancestor of yours had slaves from Ireland. I mean, it’s so insane, and so distant, that no one will possibly connect you to it. You know how people are. No one can remember anything like that anyway. And to hold you responsible? No chance.”
By the time you read this, I’ll be off the grid, and I expect that others will join me. In fact, I know others will join me. We’ll be living underground, and in the desert, in the woods. We’ll be like refugees, or hermits, some unfortunate but necessary combination of the two. Because this is what we are.
“The Rights of Humans in a Digital Age.” Mae scanned it, catching passages: “We must all have the right to anonymity.” “Not every human activity can be measured.” “The ceaseless pursuit of data to quantify the value of any endeavor is catastrophic to true understanding.” “The barrier between public and private must remain unbreachable.” At the end she found one line, written in red ink: “We must all have the right to disappear.”