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Learning The Terms of Digital Literacy - DML Central. Often when we talk about digital literacy, we are speaking about giving students the tools they need to be successful in a digitally-augmented world. In learning digital literacy, students also learn the social protocols, expectations, and risks that come along with engagement in digital devices, something I’ve written about many times before. Recently, I’ve been working closely with faculty members and asking them a simple question: “Have you read the ‘Terms of Service’ of any of the digital tools and platforms you are using?” More often than not, the answer has been, “no.” This is not something I see as bad.

Rather, it is part of the societal expectations that have been built into our interactions with digital media and digital technologies. It is the one area of digital media where the user, or student, is disempowered in as much as if there is something a person disagrees with in the terms or there is something the person would want to change, he or she would be unable to do so. Amazing mind reader reveals his 'gift'. The Worst Passwords We Ever Used in 2016 [Infographic]

Password security works if you approach it right. The fact is, however, that many of us don’t place as much thought and effort into it as we could. The worst passwords are the ones that take a few seconds (or zero seconds) to think up. Some of the examples of the worst passwords people used last year are below in an infographic we call “The Worst Passwords of 2016.” (Be warned—many are cringeworthy.) These passwords in the infographic were sourced from the article “We Still Suck at Passwords,” written by Dan Gardiner, editor-in-chief for APC Magazine in North Sydney. He sympathizes with the plight of our password predicament to a point: “I get it: passwords are hard. He’s absolutely right. Follow these tips to avoid ending up in the next publication of our worst passwords (because you just know there will be one for 2017 next year).

There are obviously more best practices to consider, but these will get you thinking. Without further delay, here are the worst passwords of 2016. Password Rules Are Bullshit. Of the many, many, many bad things about passwords, you know what the worst is? Password rules. Let this pledge be duly noted on the permanent record of the Internet. I don't know if there's an afterlife, but I'll be finding out soon enough, and I plan to go out mad as hell. The world is absolutely awash in terrible password rules: But I don't need to tell you this.

Have you seen the classic XKCD about passwords? We can certainly debate whether "correct horse battery staple" is a viable password strategy or not, but the argument here is mostly that length matters. No, seriously, it does. So then perhaps we have one rule, that passwords must not be short. What about this four character password?

What about this eight character password? Or this (hypothetical, but all too real) seven character password? You may also be surprised, if you paste the above four Unicode emojis into your favorite login dialog (go ahead – try it), to discover that it … isn't in fact four characters. Oh dear. 1. 2. 3. 4. Padlock - A Minimalist Password Manager. 5 Examples of Information You Should Never Post Online. The Internet can be a tricky place to navigate. Each social network has an incentive to make you post as much information as possible, websites like to gobble up your email address for marketing, and even innocuous posts on forums can give away more than you meant them to. The savvy Social Engineer can use bits of information to piece together a profile of who you are and what you do, but it’s not just them you should be concerned about.

Social networks can be minefields when it comes to what you should or shouldn’t post, but the Internet at large is just as complicated. We know that you’ll probably enjoy posting that #poolselfie while on holiday this summer — but before you do you should take a look at these points and consider what you might be giving away before posting your #hotdogsorlegs. 1. There are two types of location data to think think about; data you choose to post (active), and data that is gathered by your apps and devices (passive).

What to Do 2. 3. 4. Complaints 5. [INFOGRAPHIC] Keep Your Friends Close & Your Passwords Closer. The results of the LastPass Sharing Survey are in, and it’s official: We’re all sharing passwords, and we aren’t doing it very safely. In fact, 95% of people share up to 6 passwords with others, including financial, business, social media, and entertainment passwords, despite the majority of people acknowledging that it’s risky to share passwords. Most shockingly, only 19% of respondents say they don’t share passwords that would jeopardize their identity or financial information, leaving 81% of people who would share those passwords.

If the reality is that we need to share passwords, then how are we to share them safely with others and keep our passwords secure? We surveyed over 1,000 US consumers to understand the full extent of how people share passwords and what it means for our online security. Check out our results in the infographic below and feel free to share or embed on your own blog to inform others about password sharing security.

A Simple Question for Facebook. A Simple Question for Facebook Why don’t you use your own facial recognition technology to prevent abuse by fake account creators? Meet “Karripai Jose Chacko” a self-employed consultant from Amsterdam. He’s a rather handsome fella, eh? His photos are a tad familiar… … because they are my photos, posted to my flickr account (I keep a special album of my photos that have been used by the fakers). That profile photo of “Karoppai” (I cannot stop laughing at the ridiculous choice of names, not even a random name generator could spit out something that inane)?

And the background image? Like the woman who emailed to me with her suspicion about the validity of this person who friended her on Facebook, it takes almost no time to do a reverse image search and find my originals. Frankly I am rather disappointed in the lame effort the catfishers are making here. And using the photos most frequently used of me in fake profiles? Who gets a worse grade for effort? Facebook. Check this out. Everything Google knows about you. Who's downloading pirated papers? Everyone | Science | AAAS.

Just as spring arrived last month in Iran, Meysam Rahimi sat down at his university computer and immediately ran into a problem: how to get the scientific papers he needed. He had to write up a research proposal for his engineering Ph.D. at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran. His project straddles both operations management and behavioral economics, so Rahimi had a lot of ground to cover. But every time he found the abstract of a relevant paper, he hit a paywall. Although Amirkabir is one of the top research universities in Iran, international sanctions and economic woes have left it with poor access to journals. Related content: The frustrated science student behind Sci-Hub Alexandra Elbakyan founded Sci-Hub to thwart journal paywalls My love-hate of Sci-Hub Editorial by Marcia McNutt, Editor-in-Chief, Science suite of journals It's a Sci-Hub world data set Data set and details on Sci-Hub server He looked at his list of abstracts and did the math.

It's a Sci-Hub world 1. NetSafe: Cybersafety and Security advice for New Zealand. Why you should bet big on privacy. Ever felt like you were being watched online? You know, like when you read something about New York, and the next site you visit shows you ads for New York hotels? As it turns out, on my computer, there were more than 130 companies tracking my every move (check yours here, then install this plug-in). These companies are basically engaging in mass surveillance. Just as governments justify tracking us to prevent terrorist attacks, these companies are tracking us online, without our consent, because a marginal 0.7 percent of the population clicks on their ads. And it’s not just online advertisers.

Don’t get me wrong, I use Facebook, Google and all those other services. The nature of the game in the past years has been that a free service has the right to collect your personal data and sell it to other companies, such as advertisers. It turns out that you could have the exact same service, with the exact same quality, while not giving away your personal data. What are you protecting against? IP infographics copynotright. 10 tips to get a fresh start on online safety. Tips - Google. What is 'Digital Wellbeing'? This is the first of a few posts on digital wellbeing. The term is one I coined - or at least brought into the education space - while I was working on a new Digital Capabillities framework for UK HE and FE (funded by Jisc) in 2015. Here, from the framework, is my definition. To care for our 'digital wellbeing' is to: look after personal health, safety, relationships and work-life balance in digital settings; act safely and responsibly in digital environments; manage digital stress, workload and distraction; use digital media to participate in political and community actions; use personal digital data for wellbeing benefits; act with concern for the human and natural environment when using digital tools; balance digital with real-world interactions appropriately in relationships;...

There are diverse issues here, and more could be added. Those capabilities that enable an individual to thrive (live, learn and work) in a digital society. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Policies & agreements

Copyright and Creative Commons. Digital Security. ConnectSafely | Online Safety 3.0 – on and off the fixed and mobile Internet. Better Internet for Kids - BIK Community. eSafety issues | Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner. Digital citizenship | Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner. Kiddle search engine for children causes controversy. Image copyright Kiddle A search engine aimed at children, which blocks many common search terms including the words menstruation and balls, has gone viral. Kiddle was registered in 2014 and is powered by Google safe search but has no connection with the tech giant. Other words blocked by the site include lesbian and gay, a decision which has angered the campaign group Stonewall.

Kiddle says search results are "handpicked and checked" by its editors. Other apparent search anomalies include the blocking of the term circumcision but not of FGM (female genital mutilation), suicide but not self-harm, the actress Pamela Anderson but not Fifty Shades of Grey. Kiddle's parent company is not named on the website but one of its early testers blogged that it was set up by the Russian founder of a site called Freaking News.

A form on the site invites users to submit suggested additional key words for blocking. Image copyright kiddl "Most LGBT sites have forums and user generated content. What is Kiddle? The 'child-friendly' search engine which returns some worrying results. A new website called has launched promising a child-friendly search engine for kids browsing the internet. But the new tool appears to have caused some confusion and concerns among users. A number of news outlets have reported the search engine site is an official Google spin-off looking to cater to young internet users. Parents have also welcomed the creation of the search engine under the impression this is 'Google for kids'. But the website has no association with Google - and does not claim to.

It uses a Google Custom Search bar embedded within the website in a bid to filter out adult material. Certain content is filtered and a number of explicit terms, and celebrities including Pamela Anderson are blocked. Have your say in our comments section below But in some cases, it does not manage this too successfully - such as in these searches for Khloe Kardashian and Vanessa Hudgens. Kiddle Is A New, Safe (ish) Search Engine For Kids. If you have children, you know how dangerous Google search results can be: even innocuous phrases like “Adventure Time” and “The Wiggles” can dredge up seedy images from the bowels of the web — sometimes horrifyingly in context. Kiddle attempts to make internet searches safer and kid-friendly, with mixed results.

Even with strict parental supervision and maxed-out filters, it’s all too easy for kids to stumble upon something they shouldn’t on Google. This is where Kiddle comes in. It’s essentially a search engine that limits results to kid-appropriate sites. Results are divided into three sections: handpicked sites written specifically for kids, trusted sites that are not written specifically for kids but are simple enough to understand, and adult sites that contain appropriate content. The site does not collect personally identifiable information and logs are deleted every 24 hours.

More controversial is the blocking of all LGBT terms and phrases including “gay”. A reminder that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000. Richard Prince’s Instagram screenshots at Frieze Art Fair in New York. (Marco Scozzaro/Frieze) The Internet is the place where nothing goes to die. Those embarrassing photos of your high school dance you marked “private” on Facebook? The drunk Instagram posts? The NSFW snapchats? If you use social media, you’ve probably heard a warning akin to “don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your employer (or future employer) to see.”

We agree, and are adding this caveat: Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want hanging in an art gallery. This month, painter and photographer Richard Prince reminded us that what you post is public, and given the flexibility of copyright laws, can be shared — and sold — for anyone to see. The collection, “New Portraits,” is primarily made up of pictures of women, many in sexually charged poses. How is this okay? First you should know that Richard Prince has been “re-photographing” since the 1970s. This is what he did with the Instagram photos. Lifestyle style-blog true. Why your school needs clearly defined social media policies | Douchy's Blog.

It’s not to stop teachers from doing the wrong thing with social media; It’s to give them confidence to use social media well, knowing there is no appearance of impropriety. If there were no balustrade on the ‘Pinnacle’ lookout in the Grampians, very few people would venture to the edge to take in the arresting view. The railing gives hikers confidence to go further than they would otherwise dare, because their safety is assured.

The balustrade doesn’t restrict people; it liberates them to go further! Is it appropriate for a teacher to reply to a student’s electronic message at 9:00 pm? 11:00 pm? I don’t think there is a universal answer to that question, but I do think there should be a school policy about it. I meet a lot of teachers who are reluctant to use “this website” or “that web 2.0 service” with their students for fear that doing so might make them the star of a story on 7’s Today Tonight (and not in a good way). Teen Messaging Apps Present Opportunities, Raise Concerns. Teenagers are beginning to move from social media sites to smartphone messaging apps, which means they can have practically complete privacy while participating in their online social world.

Popular apps include Kik, Whisper, WhatsApp,, and Line, some of which can be used while the user remains anonymous. That means no parental controls, and, at least when using Snapchat, automatic erasure of inappropriate pictures, reports Michael S. Rosenwald of the Chicago Tribune. So many parents are less knowledgeable about technology than their children that parental monitoring of these apps would be difficult even if the programs were not anonymous.

Line, a texting app created in Japan after a disastrous earthquake, is gaining members in the US by selling animated digital stickers of characters like Darth Vader or Snoopy. “It’s fascinating,” said Catherine Boyle, an analyst with eMarketer. “What happens on these apps isn’t public, which is why the kids like them. A reminder that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000. Cyber Safety - Internet Safety Tips To Stay Safe Online : InformED. Teens, Social Media, and Privacy. Digital Citizenship, Copyright and Cyber Safety. Scare-mongering about kids and social media helps no-one. What kind of digital parent are you? Rise in number of Aussie kids falling victim to cyberbullying. On What Facebook Knows – An Interview with the Man Behind Facebook’s Personal... The Digital Tattoo: Think Before You Ink. How To Bulletproof Your Reputation In The Digital Age.

How Your Online Reputation Can Get Damaged & How to Fix It. (Digital) Identity in a World that No Longer Forgets. Discover what your digital footprint says about you.