Dec 162014
 

Kyle Olson reports: Could there be something more sinister behind the little elf sitting on the shelf who returns to the North Pole each night? Yes, says Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She recently published a paper titled “Who’s the Boss” on the doll, saying the […]

Dec 132014
 

D. Frank Smith reports: The federal government may be legally powerless to protect data collected from students taking massive open online courses (MOOCs), according to a U.S. Department of Education spokeswoman, and two of the largest MOOC platforms disagree on the boundaries of the law in question. MOOC platforms have amassed a treasure trove of […]

Dec 102014
 

Natasha Singer reports: In many ways, it was a typical social media marketing campaign featuring user-generated content — only this promotion involved a brand popular with children. Earlier this year, the company behind Ring Pop, a jewel-shaped sucking candy on a plastic ring, ran a contest called #RockThatRock. It invited users to post photos on Facebook, Twitter […]

Dec 042014
 

Thomas B. Scheffey and Paul Sussman report: When a judge first barred the Connecticut Law Tribune from publishing an article on a child custody dispute, First Amendment lawyers and media experts noted that prior restraint of the press was usually reserved for matters involving public danger or a national emergency. But court documents unsealed Dec. 3 reveal […]

Dec 032014
 

Steve Kolowich writes: The U.S. Education Department wants to encourage colleges and the tech companies they work with to protect student data from misuse. But the agency’s power to protect the privacy of people taking free, online courses is essentially nonexistent. “Data in the higher-education context for MOOCs is seldom Ferpa-protected,” Kathleen Styles, the Education […]

Dec 022014
 

November 24, 2014. Harrisburg, Pa; Pennsylvanians Restoring Education, Pennsylvania Against Common Core, citizens of Pennsylvania, parents and students are asking Governor Corbett to place a moratorium on the data collection in the Pennsylvania Information Management System, PIMS, on our students in all 500 school districts. We are asking the Governor to rescind all contracts and […]