Loss of Privacy

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This is the story of Jesse Snodgrass, a kid with Aspergers Syndrome who was entrapped by an undercover cop posing as a student at Jesse’s high school. This is the story of how the war on drugs preys on the most vulnerable.

Snodgrass’s legal defense fund.

Source.

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CoSN announced that it has issued resources to complement it K-12 Education Privacy Toolkit.

CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) today unveiled two freestanding resources to accompany its in-depth, step-by-step privacy toolkit. Designed to help school system leaders navigate the complex federal laws and related issues, the complementary resources include:

•    “10 Steps Every District Should Take Today”; and
•    “Security Questions to Ask of an Online Service Provider

Launched in March through CoSN’s Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative, the existing toolkit addresses compliance with laws such as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and offers smart practices to better protect student privacy and their data. The security questions for online service providers were included in the v.1 toolkit.

In the fall, CoSN will expand the toolkit with additional sections covering the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) and the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) – filling out the privacy guide with all four federal privacy laws applied to K-12 education.

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Dr. Ersula Ore, a professor at Arizona State University, was body slammed by a police officer after being stopped for jaywalking near campus. Ore, however, is facing charges for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, refusing to provide identification when requested to do so by an officer, and obstructing a highway or public thoroughfare..

The incident occurred on May 20 when Ore, an English professor who teaches classes on Race Critical Theory among other topics, crossed the street, she says to avoid construction. She was stopped by Officer Stewart Ferrin, who works for campus police, and Ferrin demanded to see her ID. From there, the situation quickly escalated:

OFFICER: Let me see your ID or you will be arrested for failing to provide ID

ORE: Are you serious?

OFFICER: Yes, I’m serious. That is the law. If you don’t understand the law I’m explaining the law to you…

ORE: …I never once saw a single solitary individual get pulled over by a cop for walking across a street on a campus, in a campus location. Everybody has been doing this because it is all obstructed. That’s the reason why. But you stop me in the middle of the street to pull me over and ask me, ‘Do you know what this is? This is a street.’…

OFFICER: Are you aware this is a street?

ORE: Let me finish

OFFICER: OK, put your hands behind your back

ORE: Don’t touch me, get your hands off me…

OFFICER: …Put your hands behind your back right now. I’m going to slam you on this car. Put your hand behind your back

ORE: You really want to do that? Do you see what I’m wearing? Do you see?

OFFICER: I don’t care what you are wearing.

ORE: Don’t talk to me like that. This entire thing has been about your lack of respect for me.

Naturally, the police department says there is “no evidence of inappropriate actions by the ASUPD officers involved.”

More at Think Progress.

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz – Trailer from FilmBuff on Vimeo.

In Theaters and On Demand June 27, 2014

Aaron Swartz's online presence and influence was groundbreaking. From helping develop internet protocol RSS to his work as a co-founder of Reddit, the programming prodigy helped shape the digital landscape we all use today. Chronicling his pioneering efforts crusading for open access and free speech and the resulting legal nightmare and tragedy that ensued, “The Internet’s Own Boy” is a dynamic and moving portrait of a brilliant tech millionaire who renounced the values of Silicon Valley startup culture and used technology to tirelessly fight for social justice, no matter what the cost.

You can also read an interview with Aaron’s father.

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State schools Superintendent John Huppenthal admitted last week that he made several anonymous racist comments.

He likened welfare recipients to “lazy pigs.”

He blamed the Great Depression on Franklin D. Roosevelt and said FDR’s economic policies gave rise to Hitler.

He said Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was responsible for feeding 16 million African-Americans into abortion mills.

The comments, under various pseudonyms including Falcon9 and Thucydides, have been appearing since 2011.

“I love talking about public policy, and I have a passion for engaging in debate,” Huppenthal said on Wednesday. “I probably have 300,000 words out on the Internet, and 100 of them are getting me in trouble. When all of your missteps are there all together for people to see, it’s not a pretty picture.”

Under the monikers, Huppenthal joined discussions and shared views on issues including abortion, the economy, education and child protection. Some examples:

• “There is no aspect of (Child Protective Services) nationwide which protects children. No correlation between spending on CPS and child safety,” Thucydides posted in January on Blog for Arizona. “The only factors which provide safety for children are employment of parents and good schools on the positive side and welfare enrollment on the negative side.”

• “It was Darwin, not Hitler, who named the Germans the master race,” Thucydides posted in September 2013 on the blog Seeing Red AZ. “It was Darwin who expressed approval of eliminating both Jews and Africans. Hitler worked to eliminate the Jews. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood was given the job of eliminating African-Americans. Hitler fed 6 million Jews into the ovens. Sanger has fed 16 million African-Americans into the abortion mills.”

• “We now know that (Franklin D. Roosevelt) was almost completely responsible for the great depression,” Falcon9 posted in 2013 on Blog for Arizona. “Only in liberal mythology did FDR ‘save’ the nation. … Worse yet, Roosevelt’s disastrous economic policies drug down the whole world and directly led to the rise of a no-name hack named Adolph Hitler who was going nowhere until Germany’s economy went into the tank.”

• “Obama is rewarding the lazy pigs with food stamps (44 million people), air-conditioning, free health care, flat-screen TV’s (typical of “poor” families).” (Editor’s note: Parentheses included in posting.)

More at the Arizona Republic.

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