Online privacy tips: “Don’t be like Bill”

I was teaching a class on online security where I was presented with the best object lesson. All of us were on public computers, used by other students in other classes. My computer was being projected to the room, and as soon as I pulled up Google Chrome—the class had a close look at this …

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Fighting Tech Distractions

We are all surrounded by pinging, notifications, beeps, texts, emails and more. It can be overwhelming! With all these notifications it’s easy to get distracted. It’s also tempting to multi task, which is shown to decrease efficiency and creativity. It’s an easy cycle to fall in, we start on a project, get distracted, get frustrated, and …

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The 3 Ms of Digital Parenting

Parenting is hard. Nothing really prepares you for it. When I was pregnant I read just about everything I could get my hands on: how to breastfeed, developmental stages, researched the best foods and strollers and much more. I felt prepared. But after coming home with a tiny infant— I went from feeling prepared to …

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Schedule an appointment with your Facebook Privacy Settings

Recently I appeared on KUTV morning news to talk Facebook privacy settings. There’s no class you can take on settings, just a variety of different articles and blog posts (like this one) to share how it works. Which is unfortunate, because lax privacy settings affect not only who can see your information, but put you …

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Thoughts from the 2nd annual Digital Citizenship Summit

A few days ago individuals traveled from all around the world to Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco to participate in the 2nd annual Digital Citizenship Summit. I was privileged to be one of them. It was a fast-paced, live-streamed and interactive day hearing from leaders and moderating by CNN anchor Kelly Wallace. One thing I …

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Creepy Clowns in the Woods: A Digital Citizenship Perspective

First off, everyone please take a big breath. Feel better? OK. Now I’m going to talk about clowns in the woods. Wait, come back! I know the media has created a frenzy, but it’s not reason to panic. I’m going to talk about clowns in the woods from a digital citizenship perspective. All these stories …

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Who watches the watchmen?

There’s a slogan used repeatedly in Alan Moore’s The Watchmen: Who watches the watchmen? In the books, the Watchmen are superheroes, that operate mostly outside of the law. Rules and governments don’t really apply to them—with almost apocalyptic consequences. I’ve thought about this phrase in context of the media. A recent Gallup poll says that …

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Why I don’t post pictures of my kid

The last year I’ve had several family members and friends ask me, “Why don’t you post pictures of K— anymore?” It’s true, when my son was a baby my Facebook feed was full of his chubby little face. Like all new parents, I thought my baby was the most adorable on the planet. But his chubby …

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