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rants & resources from an open educator

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


6th Annual NJ GAFE Summit – Fake News


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?


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


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


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?


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 …


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


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


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)


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


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