Peter Nowak has a great review of the big tech stories in Canada in 2012, including UBB, throttling, the CRTC, lawful access, and copyright reform.
From the remarkable battle over the Stop Online Piracy Act to the massive public backlash against Internet surveillance in Canada, law and technology issues garnered headlines all year long. A look back at 2012 from A to Z:
Savvy web users have known the addictive popularity of reaction videos for quite some time, not always in the name of constructive causes, but in the wake of the Amanda Todd tragedy, the Fine Brothers decided to put this knowledge to good use by filming a reaction video of their own.
And right on cue after that last post, here's another reason to be concerned about this recent trend of outing bad behaviour online, this time right here in Canada. Turns out some teens are mad at their teachers. Um, this is news? Apparently, yes.
In the sobering wake of Amanda Todd's tragic story, it's unsurprising and yet every bit as disturbing that kids are still taunting their peers online in some pretty destructive and brutal ways.
"Is digital technology the savior of education? Or is it the destroyer of education? Or is it both . . . and neither?" Interesting article by Mark Roberts
Whether you've noticed it or not, Facebook has likely changed your brain. You get a rush of dopamine - that same chemical that kicks in when you're rewarded - when you see a notification. An interesting infographic from Best Masters in Psychology details the social network's effect on the brain.
Since the death of Amanda Todd. I have been trying to sort out what this tectonic shift in public awareness and online youth culture is going to mean and how to best use this pivotal moment in time. After the shock, grief, initial outpouring of rage/counter-rage and media coverage how to be best move forward. While I am doing my best to stay abreast of the current research, I thought I would share with you a few articles I am reading.
Since this could be the last blog post for the foreseeable future, I thought it might be a place to drop those smaller stories about Facebook that pop up now and again, stories which on their own are not quite deep enough for a full blog post, but might be interesting to readers presented as a kind of odds and ends thing.
In case anyone missed it, a letter from a father to his teenage son went pretty viral recently, and is worth a read. The backstory: while trying to fix his son's virus-ridden computer, a father noticed his son's browsing history on Chrome contained a lot of porn.