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Menu Categories: Share: Mozilla Welcomes Ashley Boyd, VP of Advocacy January 3, 2017 Movement-building veteran joins the Mozilla This month, Ashley Boyd joins Mozilla as VP, Advocacy. Ashley will lead Mozilla’s work to fuel the open Internet movement and mobilize millions to stand up for a free, open web. Our mission is ambitious: making the health of the Internet a mainstream issue. It is also vital: as centralization, surveillance, exclusion and other online threats proliferate, we need a movement to keep the web a global public resource.
The free K12 Online Conference (@k12online) is continuing this year with short “mini-conferences.” Last week John Spencer’s (@spencerideas) keynote for the “Design Thinking” strand was published. The video is just over 30 minutes long, and provides a practical introduction to both design thinking and how it can be used to transform [.
For most of us email is a big part of our online lives. Today we’re excited to share that we’ve made updates to the email experience in Firefox for iOS, making it possible to choose your favorite email app when … Read more
It is so interesting to see the ongoing assault proclaiming value (or lack there) of social media, importance (or lack there) of technology in th classroom, greatness (or lack there) of connectedness, vitalness (or lack there) of access, etc.. I have long been done with both sides. Entrenched ideology is scary and both are so […]
I’m obsessed with the potential of mindsets on human performance and potential. No… not the singular notion of “growth” mindset but rather the various mindsets we cultivated through experiences, skill development, and disposition frameworks. Born from this passion is an idea to challenge my kids over the next 100 days to dive a bit more […]
Menu Categories: Share: Missing from the Trump Cabinet Nominee Hearings: Cybersecurity for Everyday Internet Users January 11, 2017 This week, the U.S. Senate is assessing a slate of cabinet nominees for the incoming Trump administration. If confirmed, these nominees are some of the people who will shape public policy for the next several years on critical issues — including civil liberties and national security. Members of the Senate asked a range of essential and direct questions. But cybersecurity questions were not a significant part of the discussion in the hearing for potential Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who will lead the Department of Justice, including law enforcement investigations that involve technology.
Two of the most important digital literacy skills we need to develop and practice today are the ability to effectively filter information and the ability to create algorithms (code) which cause digital pixels to do our bidding. In this post, I’ll describe the steps I followed to create an “information filter bot” over the Christmas holidays [...]
Maybe it was my Grandpa Thomson, the greatest story spinner I know. Perhaps it is my dad, the best conversation seeker I know. Or maybe my mentor Jeff Johnson, the most masterful connector I know. Most most likely, all three instilled in me a sense of childlike wonder that seeks out the wisdom of all […]
Mozilla and other major technology companies, including Amazon, Apple, Google and Twitter, are joining together in an amicus brief filing that supports Facebook’s ability to challenge both a search warrant for nearly 400 Facebook users’ data, and an indefinite gag … Read more
Menu Categories: Share: Living Inside the Computer: Building Responsible IoT January 5, 2017 A by the NetGain Partnership examines the opportunities and dangers of a pervasive web Today, we live online. The Internet intersects with everything from commerce and journalism to art and civic participation. But more and more, living online doesn’t mean sitting in front of a screen, mouse in hand. The Internet of Things — the networked computing environment that spans the globe — allows the web to permeate our clothes, our homes, our healthcare.
I walked into one of my therapist who hasn’t seen me since the summer and she said, “wow… you look different!” My stomach dropped and the look on my face must have been horrifying. She quickly explained that in the past, it was clear that I was a “body builder who spent time sculpting the […]
Student Voice, YouTube, & Digital Citizenship: Rachel Fryer on the TEDx Stage By On December 28, 2016 · Tagged With: , , , , , · Enid, Oklahoma, for its local newspaper’s regionally controversial candidate endorsement in November’s US Presidential election. The 2nd annual , was an Enid story even more deserving of national attention, however. TEDxWallerMiddleSchool was one of only 22 hosted worldwide in 2016, and the only TEDxYouth event held to date in Oklahoma. This was the second time students and educators at in Enid have hosted a TEDx event.
There are many recent examples of the threats to Internet security. We’ve talked about how protecting cybersecurity is a shared responsibility and we see increased need for governments, tech companies and users to work together on topics like encryption, security … Read more
Alec Ross’s (@AlecJRoss) February 2016 book, “The Industries of the Future,” offers a prescient and extremely important glimpse into the future of the global labor market. We can likely agree we are living in rapidly changing times, but it’s challenging to understand from a 100,000 foot perspective how advances in technology, communication and media are reshaping [.
“Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door” by Brian Krebs (@briankrebs) is an eye opening dive into the world of Internet spam, pharmaceutical drugs sold online, cyberattacks, malware, the dark web, and corruption within the Russian justice system.
Give the Gift of Digital Security to Your Family By On December 19, 2016 · Tagged With: , , · It’s holiday time and you may still be wondering, “What should I get [fill in a name] for Christmas this year?” In this post, I’ll make the case that instead of purchasing a physical item for others in your family, you should give the gift of DIGITAL SECURITY. Depending on what password manager solution you choose, this gift could be free or cost as much as $60 per year for a family of five. This is a small price to pay for the EXTREMELY important (and tangible) peace of mind which comes from knowing you’re doing everything you reasonably can to keep your digital accounts safe from criminals and hackers.
The 5th annual EdCampOKC (@edcampOKC) FREE professional learning event for PK-16 educators is coming to Del City High School in MidDel Public Schools on Saturday, March 4, 2017! Our organizer team met virtually this evening (with Zoom) to work on plans and committee assignments, and online registration is now LIVE [.
Selectively Auto-Sync Local Files to Google Drive By On December 12, 2016 · Tagged With: , , , , , , , · Contents Would you like to automatically backup all your important computer files to the cloud? Do you use Google Drive? In this post, I’ll share some helpful tips for setting up a “cloud folder” and a “local sync folder” using Google Drive, which you can use to backup your local files but avoid filling up your local hard drive with a variety of files which you’ve previously saved online to Google.
Menu Categories: Share: Why I’m joining Mozilla’s Board, by Helen Turvey December 5, 2016 Today, I’m very honored to join . Firefox is how I first got in contact with Mozilla. The browser was my first interaction with free and open source software. I downloaded it in 2004, not with any principled stance in mind, but because it was better, faster, more secure and allowed me to determine how I used it, with add-ons and so forth. Helen Turvey joins the Mozilla Foundation Board My love of open began, seeing the direct implications for philanthropy, for diversity, moving from a scarcity to abundance model in terms of the information and data we need to make decisions in our lives.
Menu Categories: Share: Helen Turvey Joins the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors December 5, 2016 Today, we’re welcoming as a new member of the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors. Helen is the CEO of the . Her focus on philanthropy and openness throughout her career makes her a great addition to our Board. Throughout 2016, we have been focused on for both the Mozilla Foundation and the Mozilla Corporation boards of directors. Our recruiting efforts for board members has been geared towards building a diverse group of people who embody the values and mission that bring Mozilla to life.
Podcast450: Great Classroom iPad Projects and Activities (Nov 2016) By On December 3, 2016 · · This podcast features a recording of Wesley Fryer’s breakout session, “Great Classroom iPad Projects and Activities” at the 2016 Interactive Learning Institute (ILI) on November 30, 2016, in Norman, Oklahoma. ILI is sponsored by the K20 Center at the University of Oklahoma, and is an annual event focused on sharing best practices for technology integration in K12 classrooms. Grant recipients for OETT (the Oklahoma Education Technology Trust) administered by the K20 Center are among the participants in the conference, but it is open to educators at all levels from any school.
I continue to riff on the idea of spreading the gift of wellness via acts of kindness and play. Modeling in action and speaking about it only go so far. Immersing people into experiences are where change is likely to occur: Acts of Kindness + Great Attitude = Positive Change. Today, we tackled breakfast and […]
Today, I’m joining Mozilla’s Board. What attracts me to Mozilla is its people, mission and values. I’ve long admired Mozilla’s noble mission to ensure the internet is free, open and accessible to all. That Mozilla has organized itself in a … Read more
Today, we are very pleased to announce the latest addition to the Mozilla Corporation Board of Directors – Julie Hanna. Julie is the Executive Chairman for Kiva and a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and we couldn’t be more excited … Read more
Menu Categories: Share: State of Mozilla 2015 Annual Report December 1, 2016 We just released our . This report highlights key activities for Mozilla in 2015 and includes detailed financial documents. Mozilla is not your average company. We’re a different kind of organization – a nonprofit, global community with a mission to ensure that the internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. I hope you enjoy reading and learning more about Mozilla and our developments in products, web technologies, policy, advocacy and internet health.
It’s that time of year! The excitement of Black Friday carries into today – CyberMonday – the juxtaposition of the analog age and the digital age. Both days are fueled by media and retailers alike and are about shopping. And … Read more
I'd like to share several smartphones BESIDES the iPhone to consider purchasing and using. I have not decided for sure if I'm going to upgrade my iPhone 6S to the iPhone 7 or to a model by a different manufacturer. In this post, I'll review several REASONS to consider iPhone-alternative smartphones as well as specific models to consider.
Welcome to the November 20, 2016, podcast episode of “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” with Wesley Fryer. This episode includes two recent presentation recordings by Wes from the last two weeks. The first was the opening keynote at the November 12, 2016, Google Summit in Maize, Kansas, titled “Innovating with Google Tools.” The second is [...]
Menu Categories: Share: Privacy made simple with Firefox Focus November 17, 2016 Today we launched , a brand new iOS browser that puts user privacy first. More than ever before, we believe that everyone on the Internet has a right to protect their privacy. By launching Firefox Focus, we are putting that belief into practice in a big way. How big? If you and start to browse, you will notice a prominent “Erase” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you tap that button, the Firefox Focus app erases all browsing information including cookies, website history or passwords.
Today, we’re pleased to announce the launch of Firefox Focus – a free, fast and easy to use private browser for iOS. We live in an age where too many users have lost trust and lack meaningful controls over their … Read more