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rants & resources from an open educator



Published: 2017-07-23T04:05:02Z

 



6th Annual NJ GAFE Summit – Fake News

2017-07-23T04:05:02Z

Next week, I’ll be attending the 6th annual New Jersey GAFE summit. In addition to facilitating a few workshops, I’m also very honoured to have been invited to deliver the opening keynote at the event. My presentation, titled Developing critical … Continue reading



What Kind of (Digital) Citizen?

2017-06-05T22:27:00Z

This post was co-written with Katia Hildebrandt and also appears on her blog. This week (June 5-11) we’ll be hosting a couple of events and activities related to digital citizenship as part of a series of DigCiz conversations. Specifically, we’d like … Continue reading



Mario Couros Memorial Bursary

2017-01-24T03:42:44Z

Hey everyone – I’m really hoping that you can support the following with your direct contribution or by sharing this far and wide. Back in January of 2013, I initiated a massive open online course about edtech called #etmooc. It … Continue reading



Developing a Critical Disposition

2017-01-14T19:46:07Z

This morning, I received a photo (found below – I added the watermark) from a catfishing victim. She received it from a scammer who had used many of my personal and professional photos to form an online, intimate relationship with … Continue reading



Are you being catfished?

2016-06-30T23:07:54Z

This post was written jointly with Katia Hildebrandt and also appears on her blog. Catfishing schemes, or romance scams, continue to plague social networking services. In fact, the issue has become so common that there’s a good chance that one … Continue reading



Facebook Is Still Broken …

2016-04-16T20:39:48Z

I received this email a few minutes ago (and a few hours after I noticed that my Facebook account was down). For the fourth time, Facebook has disabled my account because the company doesn’t believe I am who I say … Continue reading



Facebook Is About To Make Catfishing Problems Even Worse

2016-03-25T21:31:21Z

Over the past week, I’ve had a number of people share articles with me related to Facebook’s testing of a new feature that is purported to alert Facebook users when it finds that someone is impersonating your account. Once the user is alerted, … Continue reading



The Future of Identity Theft

2016-03-19T19:40:10Z

I’ve written and spoken extensively about my problems with romance scammers, criminals who have used my photos (and the photos of many others) to create fake profiles and trick victims into sending them significant amounts of money. In my research, … Continue reading



r/NextSpace (Reddit)

2016-03-12T18:25:05Z

For a number of years, I’ve enjoyed using Reddit as a source for my daily reading. Reddit, often known as “the front page of the Internet,” is often where one can find stories and trends before they go viral in … Continue reading



Catfishing Tricks Become More Complex

2016-03-09T23:36:11Z

Yesterday, I received the following Facebook message: I posted this to my Facebook wall when I received it, and it was interesting to hear from several people who felt they might have been fooled had they received the same message. After … Continue reading