Monday, February 29, 2016

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Why You Should Care About Apple’s Fight With the FBI

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Instructions:  

Read the five articles linked above regarding the ongoing legal battle between the FBI and Apple.

Read the official letter from Apple, linked here:  http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/

Summarize the issues in a comment below.  State the arguments from each side.

  • Explain where you stand on these issues, on privacy in general, and your understanding of what is at stake for all of us.   
  • Include an explanation of what we stand to lose if Apple does not win this battle.






Wednesday, February 10, 2016

How to Avoid Passing on "Fake News" on Social Media






The article linked above lists a number of ways to check the validity of online content.   After reading it, answer the following questions:


  1. Which of the suggestions listed in the article do you already use?  
  2. Do you think that everyone has a responsibility to fact check information, before passing it along/sharing it with others?  
  3. Why is this important? 


NB:  Comments should add to the overall conversation about this article.  Do not repeat what others have already said.


Study finds Wikipedia as accurate as the Encyclopedia Brittanica

"Wikipedia is about as good a source of accurate information as Britannica, the venerable standard-bearer of facts about the world around us, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature."




 

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Instructions:  
Read the article linked above.  Answer the following questions in a comment below.  Do not repeat what others have already said.  Contribute your own relevant, unique viewpoint to the conversation.

  1. Does this study change your opinion of Wikipedia as a source?
  2. Did you notice the year that the article on the study (above) was published?  Do you think Wikipedia has become more or less accurate since then?
  3. Summarize what Wikipedia says about itself in terms of reliability:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliability_of_Wikipedia


        N.B.  Everyday reference is different than academic research.  For more on how this difference applies to you (as a student):   Wikipedia:Academic use - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia