I guess there’s always mid-term elections?

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions narrowly approved the nomination of Betsy DeVos Tuesday for secretary of the United States Department of Education (ED). The committee voted 12-11 to approve President Donald Trump’s pick to head the ED, splitting along party lines.

via ED Secretary Nominee Narrowly Wins Committee Vote — Campus Technology: All Articles

Data, Caregiving, and the Ethical Control

Now is the time to keep 2 sets of “books”. One is the source of record, and the other you give out to the Steel-heeled thugs (purged of all the elements they seek). Good luck sorting out that Big Data.

random data from a tumored head

This was in response to the tweet pushing Fascism and the Caregiver.

It makes sense, doesn’t it? Those of us with the responsibility of managing large quantities of the personal data of other people constantly think about control. We have legal and ethical requirements to control access, to establish and maintain limits, and use best practices (such least privilege access).  Whether we are talking about the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),  Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), or any of the dozens of other federal and state privacy laws.

We also have the responsibility to encourage use of the data, but always appropriate use. Use that adds value to the lives/livelihoods of those we serve…

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please read: A Few Notes on Gaslighting – tressiemc

A few million (mostly) women in the U.S. and abroad marched yesterday. They marched to protest various forms of oppression, symbolized in a new presidential platform that involved explicit racism, …

Source: A Few Notes on Gaslighting – tressiemc

Gaslight is a movie where a husband tries to convince his wife she is crazy. He goes to great lengths pulling pranks, telling lies. So that’s the pop culture reference intended whenever anyone uses that term. The problem is it isn’t a pop-cultural problem. It’s a dominant culture problem. And the people in power, the dominant culture see fit to use this technique in order to get their way. Whether it be just to maintain the status quo, or to gain advantage, gaslighting in the press/media is a favorite old saw, a bad habit the demagogues and their toadies fall into, and get good at.

ProtonMail, it’s time has come.

ProtonMail launched its own .onion address to fight censorship and DDoS attacks, as well as to increase its users’ security and privacy.

via ProtonMail Over Tor Can Now Increase Privacy, Security, And Censorship Resilience — News Tom’s Hardwar

I cannot wait to try out the free version of ProtonMail over Tor using their .onion address. This is a great combo I think for anyone trying to secure their email communications. And pretty straightforward in getting it up and running. It’s interface is as easy to understand as Gmail, but way more secure from end-to-end.

Yeah, I’m a hafta opt out of that,… (overdraft “protection” racket)

Fifteen months after Minnesota-based TCF Financial revealed it could face legal action from federal regulators related to alleged unfair and deceptive overdraft practices, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has finally taken legal action against the bank. The CFPB on Thursday announced its latest effort to rein in financial institutions using illegal and abusive overdraft policies to…

via CFPB Says TCF Bank Made Millions From Misleading Overdraft Practices — Consumerist

Proud to announce I turned off the overdraft protection where I bank. They keep wanting me to sign up for it again. But I refuse. I wonder “why” they could feel the need to keep pestering me about it everytime I login to their website? Hmmm.

Go, go, Gogia! (from the Messy Thinking Blog)

I originally created and published A Little Bird Told Me: Maximizing Your Learning on Twitter in 2015. The one page list of strategies was my first ever pinned tweet. It has been one of my more successful online endeavors, capturing thousands of views and hundreds (maybe close to a thousand if you count across platforms) of downloads. Instructors […]

via A Little Bird Gets a New Look (Visual Article Series) — Messy Thinking

I know Educause and others like to put out the 7 things you should know about “X”. This is a little more concrete about using Twitter for Education. Kudos to the revamp tho’, a one page PDF is sometimes all one has time to glance at when it’s the start of the semester.