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"We found that at least 61 percent of apps we tested automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app. This happens whether people have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not."


Investigating Apps interactions with Facebook on Android | Privacy International

Slowly building my public course website (on Canvas) for Intro to Philosophy course that starts Jan 2. Race against time at the moment. Hope it gets done! Will share here when ready.

Finals at our uni went to Dec 21, then term starts up again Jan 2. If I were a student who went out of the country to go home over the break I wouldn’t return Jan 2. Only one day of class that week! Wondering how many students will actually show up Jan 2.

Hey hey! I am an undergraduate student from Canada studying Philosophy, and eventually I will be completing a minor in Cognitive Science as well. I'm not entirely sure what to say here? I like philosophy of mind, philosophy of Artificial Intelligence, feminist philosophy, and just about every aspect of virtue theory! Just looking for discussion partners concerning anything philosophy/politics/critical race theory/etc. :)

Hey. I'd like to get a little fediverse support group doing for writing more in the next year.

It can be blogs, long posts on here, fiction, non-fiction, thesis, uni work, etc. etc.

But I want us to band together and support and motivate each other.

I'm suggesting #AmWriting (capitalized for screen readers) as it's an already established hashtag, which I don't think would suffer if it was used more.

Still, don't give unsolicited advice, obviously.

Who's in?

I am serving on the program committee for the Creative Commons Global Summit in Lisbon in May 2019. Reading many proposals for the conference right now. Best part is learning about all the really cool open edu, open science, openly licensed creative and other works, and similar projects around the world I had no idea existed!

Proposals now being accepted for the Cascadia Open Education Summit in Vancouver, BC, Canada, April 2019. See here for info & proposal form:

Creative Commons Global Summit is May 9-11, 2019, in Lisbon. See here for the call for proposals as well as application for scholarship to help offset the cost:

Dear every university:

Stop bestowing crummy email addresses on us with arbitrary character limits that erase our surnames just because they're "too long" and let us tell you how we would prefer to be referenced.

Hi fediverse!

I'm teaching a class on technology ethics from a future perspective next week and want students to discuss real-life cases of tech and ethical questions in small groups. Does anyone have good suggestions for cases, especially beyond obvious ones like Cambridge Analytica?

I’m taking a MOOC from my own university called Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education. I’ve done a couple of recent blog posts on videos we watched.

On Lisa Jackson’s short film Savage: (film about Indian Residential Schools in Canada)

On Susan D Dion and Thomas King:

It's :oa: - Here's the Concordia Library web pages to find out how you can take advantage of resources & contribute to the research ecosystem:

With the start of the today the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) released their Open Policy.

This is a great day for all colleagues and me that co-authored the policy and brought open discourses to this point at our university! (English coming soon)

Looking for chapter authors for some parts of an Introduction to open textbook I'm helping to edit. Also looking for editor for Aesthetics section. Open textbook is free of cost, licensed to allow re-use (CC BY). This is a volunteer activity; we have no money, sadly, but a lot of enthusiasm!

Here’s my keynote from today’s Pennsylvania Library Association conference. It focuses on the intersection between libraries, technology, and the public good.

You’re welcome to join into virtual conversations with some people at the Open Education conference next week! Join us with Virtually Connecting!

I made a Story Map about Epicurus for my Introduction to Philosophy class! See blog post here about how I created it as part of a Creative Commons certificate course I'm taking:

Here's a direct link to the story map:

Currently reading (rather listening to audiobook actually): John Boyne, The Heart’s Invisible Furies. The characters and story so draw me in I want to keep going for many long walks so I can keep listening. Devastatingly awful aspects of life of a male character who loves other men in 1940s Ireland onwards to (the present? Haven’t finished it yet). But so we’ll written.

Please boost.
Fediverse, I have a request.
If you know a woman that is:
-from Ethiopia, Sudan or South Sudan
-Tech savvy
-Has an interest in Digital Safety and Security

Can you have them reach out to me? (DM if you need an email addy instead) We’ve a Safe Sister Digital Safety Fellowship specifically for them, and applications are open until September 28 and I’d like to send them information.

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Scholar Social

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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