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New website tracks which colleges will use eproctoring software this fall

The Verge: “Privacy-focused nonprofit Fight for the Future has launched a new website that tracks whether certain colleges and universities plan to use virtual proctoring software during the fall semester. The platforms — like ProctorU and Proctorio — often make use of students’ webcams to watch and record them as they work, using automated systems… Continue Reading

Atlantic Council – China-US competition: Measuring global influence

“There is a lot of discussion these days about China’s growing influence around the world relative to America’s—and how this sprawling contest for clout is shaping the future of geopolitics.Now we have a way to track and quantify this intensifying competition across time using the Formal Bilateral Influence Capacity (FBIC) Index, a new measure of… Continue Reading

How to Delete Your Personal Data From Public Record Websites

Make Use Of: “When someone searches for your name, they can find a lot of information about you. Sometimes, these will be things that you want to be found—like links to your personal website or Twitter account. But in worse cases, they can discover your phone number or where you live. Fortunately, there is a way to get this… Continue Reading

Senate approves bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday

S.475 – This Act may be cited as the “Juneteenth National Independence Day Act”. AP: The Senate passed a bill Tuesday that would make Juneteenth, or June 19th, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The bill would lead to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday. It is expected to… Continue Reading

New Documents Show Trump Repeatedly Pressed DOJ to Overturn Election Results Before Inciting Capitol Attack

House Committee on Oversight: “Ahead of Hearing on Insurrection, Oversight Committee Releases New Evidence and Seeks Transcribed Interviews with Key Officials Washington, D.C. (June 15, 2021) — Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, released new documents showing President Trump’s efforts to pressure the Department of Justice (DOJ)… Continue Reading

Final Report -Commission on the Future of US Aerospace Industry

NASA – Final Report of the Commission on the Future Of The United States Aerospace Industry – “Executive Summary: …The industry is confronted with a graying workforce in science,engineering and manufacturing,with an estimated 26 percent available for retirement within the next five years. New entrants to the industry have dropped precipitously to historical lows as… Continue Reading

NOAA – Hurricane safety, explained

“Hurricanes are powerful storms that bring life-threatening hazards to people living in both coastal and inland communities. Though you may first think of wind when envisioning a hurricane, water hazards are historically the most deadly. In this explainer, we will review the three major hazards of hurricanes — storm surge, heavy rainfall, and strong wind… Continue Reading

How to Protest Without Sacrificing Your Digital Privacy

Vice: “Thousands of protesters are filling the streets of American cities to protest the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, and police brutality writ large. Police officers have shown they’re more than willing to escalate violence with pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets, vehicles, and other dangerous crowd suppression measures. In addition,… Continue Reading

How to Take Screenshots of Anything

Gizmodo: “Whether you’re showing off your gaming skills, trying to troubleshoot a problem, or capturing someone’s terrible tweet before it’s inevitably deleted, screenshots are an essential part of our digital lives. It’s not always obvious just how to pull off a screengrab though, especially if you’re jumping between different devices, so here’s a quick guide… Continue Reading