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Rockmore: On Being The Lorax (Audio)

As a commentator on VPR, Daniel Rockmore, the William H. Neukom 1964 Distinguished Professor of Computational Science and director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, reads an opinion piece he wrote about how in the new world of the Trump presidency we must all be the Lorax—a cranky proto-eco-advocate character created by author Theodor Geisel '25 (aka "Dr. Seuss")—and stand up for "truth, justice, fairness, and every tentpost of civil society and democracy."

How We Can Use 'Digital Fingerprints' to Keep Terrorist Messaging From Spreading Online (Audio)

As a guest on "Science Friday," Hany Farid, the Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor of Computer Science and chair of computer science, discusses his work with the Counter Extremism Project to stop the spread of extremist content online.

Listen to the audio, which aired on PRI on 2/13/17.

An Open EdTech Letter to Secretary DeVos

In his latest blog post for Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Kim writes an open letter to the newly confirmed Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Kim is director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).

Read the post in the 2/7/17 edition of Inside Higher Ed.

Get Lost in this New-and-Improved Map of America's Megaregions

Continued coverage of research co-authored by Garrett Dash Nelson, Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellow, that analyzed 4 million point-to-point commutes and revealed constellations of neighboring cities, connected by interlocking workforces—a new way of visualizing America's megaregions. Nelson and his colleague Alasdair Rae, an urban data analyst at the University of Sheffield, have now created an interactive map to examine the regions state by state and zone by zone to see how urban economies transcend city limits.

Review: The Internet of Risky Things

A review of the book Inside The Internet of Risky Things: Trusting the Devices That Surround Us by Sean Smith, professor of computer science and director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society.

Read the review in the February 7, 2017 issue of Help Net Security.

Man Versus Machine

As a contributor for an article about the progress of technology, Hany Farid, chair and professor of computer science, discusses how technology companies have been and continue to be frustratingly slow in responding to these very real threats with very real consequences. Farid asks how we can not only make technology work better for us, but also make technology companies work better for us.

Read the full story, published on 2/6/17 in VICE.

January 28 marks Data Privacy Day

Respecting Privacy, Safeguarding Data and Enabling Trust is the theme for Data Privacy Day (DPD), an international effort held annually on January 28 to create awareness about the importance of privacy and protecting personal information.

Learn more.

Keep What's Private, Private

There are no true secrets online.

You exist in digital form all over the Internet: It’s important to ensure the digital you matches what you are intending to share. It is also critical to guard your privacy — not only to avoid embarrassment, but also to protect your identity and finances.

You can take specific steps to protect your online information, identity, and privacy:

Use a unique password for each site. Hackers often use previously compromised information to access other sites. Choosing unique passwords keeps that risk to a minimum.

Obsolete iPods and Mobile Learning

In his latest blog post for Inside Higher Ed, Joshua Kim discusses what our collections of obsolete iPods tell us about the future of mobile learning. Kim is director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).

Read the full story, which was published in Inside Higher Ed on 1/11/17.

The AI that Can Tell Advertisers When You're Willing to Switch Brands

Quotes Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management, from an opinion piece originally published on BBC where he argued that carefully curated algorithms that predict our behavior might be making us narrow-minded by limiting our options.

Read the full story, which was published in the Daily Mail on 1/9/17.


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