Listened Microcast #087 — Back in the game! by Doug BelshawDoug Belshaw from Doug Belshaw's Thought Shrapnel
In this microcast, I go through three interesting links from my saved list on Pocket.

Nice to hear Doug again particularly in micro format. I do love a microcast. Lots of podcasts, especially 2 or 3 hosts chatting I find a bit long. I’d rather queueup a few shorter ones for a commute.

Liked a tweet by Sheri Edwards (Twitter)

Introduction to Web Stories (Storytime #1) https://youtu.be/MCcHkmzrIVY via @YouTube Open Source. Seems to put the creator in charge-- rather than the platform in charge of your content.

The open source and WordPress plugin make me prick up my ears. I Wonder if the open source means that the WordPress Plugin is self contained? Might be worth a test over the summer holidays.

Reposted a tweet by Banton Primary (Twitter)

The First Lego League https://dlvr.it/S20DWL pic.twitter.com/VtRSZawpGb

My class had a team in the South of Scotland heats of the First Lego League challenge on Thursday, very proud

#FIRSTLEGOLeague #FLL #RePLAY

Replied to a tweet by erin glass (Twitter)

for the launch of @ProjectReboot, i wrote about how edtech trains students to accept an exploitative, surveillant web, and how we might use it instead to cultivate critical digital citizens capable of shaping the tech they use https://thereboot.com/edtech-needs-recoding-to-transform-student-users-into-digital-citizens/

The linked article, Edtech Needs Recoding to Transform Student ‘Users’ Into Digital Citizens – The Reboot is interesting.

Institutions have chosen to submerge students in a culture of computing that normalizes surveillance, exploitation, and control as if these were the objective features of computing itself. Can technological practice within education look any different?

A part of the suggested solution

supporting students to collectively design and govern their educational tools. There’s no better way to show them how tools can affect their thinking and social interactions, and to prepare them to critically shape the technologies that in turn shape our world.

I wonder how this can be addresses in primary & secondary education. The normalisation of the culture begins, surely, in the home & early education. I wonder if many educators even start to consider this problem. In my own sector, primary, where would we start?

Replied to Re: Browser Bookmarklets for Giving Credit by Aaron DavisAaron Davis (collect.readwriterespond.com)
I am all in on this Chris, but I just can’t seem to get it to work. I created the bookmarklet, highlighted the name and clicked the bookmarklet, but there was no pop-up. I must admit, I do not use many bookmarklets, only Alan Levine’s really. I may therefore have to dig into this a bit further a...

Hi Aaron,

I am glad you posted this. I like bookmarklets. I run one a bit like this via AppleScript on my mac. This has an advantage of letting me add a keyboard to send straight to the clipboard.

I am going to add the indieweb mark up to that using Chris’s script for reference. Like you I couldn’t get it working at first I had to mess around with he single and double quotes. This works for me:

javascript:(function(){let text = "";if (window.getSelection() != '') {text = window.getSelection().toString() + '\n';}var tocopy = '<p><small><cite class="h-cite via"><abbr title="via">ᔥ</abbr> <span class="p-author h-card">"' + text + '"</span> in <a class="u-url p-name" href="' + location.href + '" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" >' + document.title + '</a> (<time class="dt-published">' + document.lastModified + '</time>)</cite></small></p>';;d=document;d.body.appendChild(Object.assign(d.createElement('textarea'),{value:tocopy})).select();d.execCommand('copy');})()

I’ve not got much of a handle on JavaScript so YMMV.

Liked Facebook’s Laughable Campaign Against Apple Is Really Against Users and Small Businesses (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Overall, AppTrackingTransparency is a great step forward for Apple. When a company does the right thing for its users, EFF will stand with it, just as we will come down hard on companies that do the wrong thing. Here, Apple is right and Facebook is wrong. Next step: Android should follow with the same protections. Your move, Google.

In reality, a number of studies have shown that most of the money made from targeted advertising does not reach the creators of the content—the app developers and the content they host.  Instead, the majority of any extra money earned by targeted ads ends up in the pockets of these data brokers.

Liked Facebook Takes Out Full-Page Newspaper Ads to Attack Apple’s Changes Strengthening iOS Privacy (Daring Fireball)
Link to: https://www.macrumors.com/2020/12/16/facebook-takes-out-full-page-ads-to-attack-apple/

Here’s the thing. Apple isn’t blocking the ability for Facebook to personalize ads, in any way. Apple is just providing users with control over their own privacy. Users can easily choose to keep providing Facebook (and anyone else) with all the information they want. Or they can choose not to.

Fascinating and weird.

Replied to https://twitter.com/everythingabili/status/1316121246631956482?s=20 by The Infinite Herd (Twitter)
I've no idea if this is good or not. HyperCard for me was the notion that anyone can make shit. The internet now is SO SODDING DIFFICULT, it is excluding so many people from expressing themselves. Learn about HyperCard's role in early digital. https://twitter.com/HyperCardOnline/status/1316117804240822273

This stack:
Inigo Gets Out : Amanda Goodenough

changed my life! A friend showed me how to add a sound…

Liked Re: GDPR Violation: ScribD acquires PII on 500M users in a deal with LinkedIn by Aaron DavisAaron Davis (collect.readwriterespond.com)
Somewhat inspired, I deleted my Slideshare account. Although I have issues with another company simply inheriting my data, I realised that I have not used the space for a few years and saw no reason to maintain a historical presence there. With my focus on a ‘domain of my own’, I have downloaded...

Took me a while to delete my empty slideshare account, Finally change password (did I have one?) and there is a link at the bottom. Needed to set a password via a link, logon with that and delete account. I also had a wee look at my linkedin settings, which was interesting. The tangled web of accounts and data we have on the internet is a mess. I think I may have another slideshare account from a long time ago.

Aaron was replying to GDPR Violation: ScribD acquires PII on 500M users in a deal with LinkedIn – The HFT Guy.