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Monthly Archives: November 2020

Disinformation Is Rampant. Here’s How Teachers Are Combatting It

Education Week: “As students search for news online, it’s increasingly likely that they’ll come across the steady stream of disinformation on the web: conspiracy theories like QAnon, manipulated images and videos, false claims that the coronavirus is a hoax. These stories and statements are regularly debunked by fact-checkers and news outlets. But some students believe… Continue Reading

How to Teach Algorithms to Legal Research Students

Hickman, Annalee, How to Teach Algorithms to Legal Research Students (September 1, 2020). 28 Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing (forthcoming 2021), BYU Law Research Paper No. 20-30, Available at SSRN: “This Article calls for legal research professors to include in their curriculum the role of algorithms in electronic legal research. It also includes… Continue Reading

A practitioner’s guide to the principles of COVID-19 vaccine communications

This guide was prepared by the Center for Public Interest Communications at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications in partnership with Purpose and the United Nations Verified initiative. “Principles for building trust – The factors that lead people to make choices to take vaccines are nuanced and affected by how they see… Continue Reading

Science and Scientists Held in High Esteem Across Global Publics

Pew Report – “Yet there is ambivalence in many publics over developments in AI, workplace automation, food science – As publics around the world look to scientists and the research and development process to bring new treatments and preventive strategies for the novel coronavirus, a new international survey finds scientists and their research are widely… Continue Reading

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 28, 2020

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, November 28, 2020 – Privacy and security issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

COVIDcast Real-time COVID-19 Indicators

Carneige Mellon University – The Delphi Blog: “Delphi uses information from the survey as part of its public COVIDcast map, to inform its forecasts (currently in development) of the pandemic’s spread, and to assist public health agency partners. By providing daily data from all parts of the United States, the survey allows comparisons between regions… Continue Reading

The best books of 2020

Washington Post – Of all the excellent books this year, these stood out. Financial Times –  FT Series Best Books of the Year 2020 From ideas for rethinking economics and politics to pure escapism, FT writers and critics choose their favourite titles of what has been an extraordinary year for books. The 10 Best Books… Continue Reading

Consumer Bureau to Decide Who Owns Your Financial Data

DC Report: What Should Banks, Fintechs Be Allowed to Do With All that They Know About You? – “A federal agency is gearing up to make wide-ranging policy changes on consumers’ access to their financial data. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is looking to implement the area of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform… Continue Reading

12 useful Gmail settings you didn’t know you needed

FastCompany – “…Some of Gmail’s settings are available only on the Gmail website. Others are only in the mobile apps—or sometimes just in the mobile app on one specific platform. And other Gmail settings, paradoxically, can’t even be found within Gmail at all (yes, really!). It practically requires a recurring spelunking expedition to make sure… Continue Reading

Reading for pleasure can help reduce pandemic stress, increase empathy

Global News – “As the COVID-19 pandemic carries on with no promised end in sight, paired with the incoming winter conditions in southern Alberta, individuals may be feeling negative mental impacts. According to Dr. Robin Bright with the University of Lethbridge, outlets such as reading a novel could boost one’s emotional well-being. “Reading for pleasure… Continue Reading