Scholar Social is hosting a free online conference, !

And we're looking for presenters!

If you're a writer, researcher, formal academic, or anyone with expertise that you'd like to share, presentation spots are 10-15 min long (no formal credentials required, open to people on any Fedi instance, not just

Sign up by 2020 July 12 here:

I see Nick Cave is auctioning his socks to raise money for charity. I also read that Grimes is auctioning her soul. I wonder which one will fetch the highest bid?

My PhD thesis is now published online:

Short summary: I analyze the anticipatory negotiation on privacy rules in Europe, and use critical-analytical futures studies to identify latent possibilities for agency.

There are 14 riddles/clues (seedlings) on this LibraryThing Seedling Hunt page. Take a look and try to search the site to find what they correspond to. -- just for fun.

Best research: What's the deal with birds? 

I don't like to link to Twitter but it seems to be where the author posted the back story to this article.

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Best research: What's the deal with birds? 

Predatory publishers serve an important role. They can brighten your day.

sort of covid-19 but really about epistemic humility 

Article on experts' awareness of their own expertise and its limits or expression thereof in public discourse.

"Epistemic humility is an intellectual virtue. It is grounded in the realization that our knowledge is always provisional and incomplete—and that it might require revision in light of new evidence."

Here is a nice list of tools that are free (libre) alternatives to conferencing/communcating applications like Zoom

#BigBlueButton and #NextCloudTalk #VideoConference: Performance & Maximum Users

4 fine up to 4 users [b]
5 fine with video; up to 20 audio only [f]
>5 performance gets problems [a]
50 seems to work with high performance backend [f]

8 fine, few crashes [c]
19 fine with students [g]
45 worked well, some issues with slow internet. It can handle much more users if users muted & turn off video [d]
>100 for presentation; complicated if >25 users use video [e]

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Student exams, disadvantaged, privacy, AI in the time of COVID-19 

Just noticed that the Concordia (where I work) University's Centre for Teaching and Learning has put up a variety of alternate suggestions for faculty that had originally planned proctored exams - nice resource to consider.

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Student exams, disadvantaged, privacy, AI in the time of COVID-19 

Some privacy concerns about online test proctoring/invigilating are obvious on the surface and maybe can be mitigated but this article goes into much deeper problems that I haven't seen as much discussion of. This is an important read right now!

Students (or anyone), in a situation where you need to do more deep reading on a screen right now than normal... it might be a struggle. This Reddit thread has some good tips to help:

There is a large, open dataset of research made available by the Allen Institute for AI. Here's the link for background info on the data and how to get it: (CORD-19)

#COVID-19 Info Sources 

Beware of misinformation. Discern authoritative sources... reputable medical, scientific, or with dedication to public well-being, etc. Such as the World Health Organization page busting myths: or the Canadian gov page

The Smithsonian announced today that they have released 2.8 million images into the public domain (CC0 license). In celebration of this I made a bot you can follow that will post one random image from the set every 8 hours:


For more on the imageset, see here:

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