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Facial recognition software carries with it all of the usual risks of proprietary software -- if you can't control it, it can be used to control you -- but this article goes into some of the specific reasons why this is a particularly sinister technology:
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High-tech gaslighting: a new pattern of behavior in domestic abuse cases is tied to the rise of smart home technology.
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Less than a year after @EFF made a plea to allow bypassing #DRM to accommodate people with color-blindness, the World Cup has demonstrated how DRM thwarts accessibility:
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The *hardest* part of being a teacher is in keeping the students motivated to learn the subject being taught. Is that true?

@socrates Thank you for the lead :) You might be surprised that I didn't know that I had to click my profile picture (currently a smiling blue elephant) to show my profile page on the web UI.

@socrates Hi, do you know how I can get a list of my followers on the web UI?

Got and that's why I ended up with Mastodon. The FSF letter writes, "P.S. We'd love to know that this letter reached you. Please post a message with your favorite microblogging service using the hastag saying so. We like,, and See for how to follow the FSF on those networks."

Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is meant 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, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile 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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