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Hi everyone. I'm Allen.

I'm a professor in digital humanities, a recovering Classicist (where I nerd-ed out in ancient Greek literature), and a Linux hobbyist I suppose.

I'm particularly interested in the intersections of FOSS, privacy, edtech, and k-12 and higher ed.

I do a mix of teaching and work in data science, web development, literature, history, and culture. Egypt in the morning; R in the afternoon. I also tinker with retrotech and play saxophone from time to time.

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Does anybody know any universities offering courses about online privacy?

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Playing with a CLI :terminal: browser with w3m 😁 Loaded up the Debian :debian: Wiki and it works! 😎

I looked at advanced internet searching with my undergrad students using kit.exposingtheinvisible.org/e

They were really scared by the "Safety first" warnings on that page. I'm trying to figure out if it's because they don't tend to think this way about the internet -- namely that they can be tracked while typing in search terms -- or whether there's actually something scary about advanced searching and what you might find that way.

... or whether it's just the word "dorking"

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This is magic, I'm astonished ...

#Browsh a fully-modern text-based browser. It renders anything that a modern browser can; #HTML5 , #CSS3 , #JS, video and even #WebGL .

Wouldn't use it in a daily basis though, at least not over more traditional options like w3m and lynx but still, it's a technical achievement I can't recommend more

brow.sh/

#internet #browser #terminal #commandline #w3m #lynx #firefox #html

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Proctorio, a student surveillance system company, is trying to sue Ian Linkletter, a member of the Faculty of Education at The University of British Columbia (UBC), into silence for criticising them.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZphKRq3h9-azYlynahKgAQ25oEwS5nnh1FaZhaiA484/edit

#Proctorio #Academia
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@ajr FYI - At OERu were implementing a distributed FOSS ecosystem as our learning "platform" You can find more info here: oerfoundation.org/initiatives/

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- turn public institutions that provide essential services into private businesses, because efficiency or something
- everyone: oh no their priority is now to be profitable to shareholders, instead of their original essential services
- the institution: help us, we provide essential services and this crisis is hard on us
- the government: you’re a business now, not a public institution, can’t give you free money
- the workers: sacked

I've been looking at a lot of decentralization projects for the web (Safe Network, Solid, and so forth) and trying to figure out what a Learning Management System would look like on these platforms. There are folks working on decentralized versions of the big tech platforms, but any one out there working in the edtech space?

Get the kids on the decentralized web and they won't want to go back to big brother watching them?

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“Ethics is not missing in technology, rather we are witnessing the ethics in technology – the ethics of the powerful. The ethics of individualism...In a more connected world, the denial of our interconnectedness is dangerous, deadly and degrades the human experience. As the Bantu ethics asserts, we are intricately connected.”

sabelo.mhlambi.com/2019/01/07/ethics-and

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Hello Everyone, new to mastodon but really like the concept and hope to be part of driving wider mainstream adoption of decentralised digital commons. I'm an academic researcher working on contemporary digital activism.


Hi everyone. I'm Allen.

I'm a professor in digital humanities, a recovering Classicist (where I nerd-ed out in ancient Greek literature), and a Linux hobbyist I suppose.

I'm particularly interested in the intersections of FOSS, privacy, edtech, and k-12 and higher ed.

I do a mix of teaching and work in data science, web development, literature, history, and culture. Egypt in the morning; R in the afternoon. I also tinker with retrotech and play saxophone from time to time.

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