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Have You Seen …? New Post A poetic short film by Max Stossel & Sander van Dijk:

In the Attention Economy, technology and media are designed to maximize our screen-time. But what if they were designed to help us live by our values? www.timewellspent.io

What if news & media companies were creating content that enriched our lives, vs. catering to our most base instincts for clicks?
What if social platforms were designed to help us create our ideal social lives, instead of to maximize time-on site and “likes”?
What if dating apps measured their success in how well they helped us find what we’re looking for instead of in # of swipes?

As technology gets more and more engaging, and as AI and VR become more and more prevalent in our day-to-day lives we need to take a look at how we’re structuring our future.

Time Well Spent is a movement to align technology with our humanity: www.timewellspent.io

Director, Co-producer, & Visual Effects: Sander van Dijk: www.sandervandijk.tv

Writer, Co-producer & Lead Actor: Max Stossel: www.maxstossel.com

Production Company: Yacht Club Films

Director of Photography: Conor Murphy

Color: RCO

Music & Sound Design: Wesley Slover –

Steadicam Operator: Kyle Fasanella

Graphic Artist: Aaron Kemnitzer

CG Artist: Joseph Pistono

Visual Effects Assistant: Chelsea Galen

Roto Assistant: Regina Morgan-Munoz

Lead Actress: Crystal Lee

Special Thanks: Chantal Stafford-Abbott, Radha Agrawal, Koen Oosterbroek, Anneke Jong, Jacob Tugendrach, Alex Mizrahi, David Markowitz, Gene Gurkoff, Taryn Southern Katie Growald, Steph Bagley, Joel Wishkovsky, Amy Karr, Erica Shay, Kurt Peloquin, Tobias Rose Stockwell, Erica Berger, Nora Graham, Elana Meta, Julian Dufault, Michael Rosen, Kelly Stoecklin, Adam London, Gary Su, Auston Copeland, Katya Stepanov, Betty Kay Kendrick, Zach Bell, David Yarus, Stephan Cesarini, Jon Morris, Michelle Finizio, Lauren Bille, Felicity Conrad, Abel Costa, Ria Bouttier, James Hercher, Sarah Knapp, Simon Roberts, Alex Abelin, & Dan Fredinburg

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The British Council – Social Media & You – Infographics

You Can Do What? New Post The British Council approached us to create an infographics piece to be used as part of the launch of their brand new social media strategy pack, which would be introduced to their 9,000+ team members worldwide.

Having a script skillfully crafted by the British Council as the starting point, we conceptualized, directed, designed and animated this playful and friendly motion design piece packed with a bunch of situations, messages and characters interacting with typography to reflect the essential characteristics of social media and their new strategy pack.

Project info
Client: The British Council (http://www.britishcouncil.org)
Production Company: Binalogue (http://binalogue.com)

Our role:
Concept, creative & art direction, character design & animation, design & motion graphics.

Credits
Original Storyboard and Script: David Blundell
Music & Sound Design: Claudio “el maestro” Bonaldi
Script Editing: Geoff Goff
Voiceover: Ann Bateson

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How one school district is monitoring student and teacher social media | Naked Security

IYC Ed: Monitoring of social media (or any other) smacks of cold war treatment in communist countries, but is a very real need today, not least for children’s protection. Is this snooping, the same as looking at kids diaries when you were growing up, necessary? A good thing? Intrusive? Tell us what you think.

by Lisa Vaas on July 31, 2015 | 6 Comments

Filed Under: Facebook, Featured, Law & order, Privacy, Social networks, Twitter

Does your child ever tweet that she”hates” her math teacher?

Does he write that he’s so embarrassed he could jump off a bridge?

Do her posts ever mention being bullied, or does she use them to make fun of other kids?

Are you, as a parent, even aware of everything your kids post?

Even if you aren’t on top of everything your child posts, your kid’s school well might be, given all the social media monitoring software on the market.

If you live in Florida’s Orange County, those kind of posts could mean school officials come looking into whatever’s going on.

That’s because Orange County is one of the latest school districts to start monitoring all of the thousands of social media posts made by both students and teachers.

It’s doing so with a new monitoring software called Snaptrends that monitors social media posts from all accounts in its location.

The school district reportedly paid $14,000 for a one-year Snaptrends license.

That buys the district’s schools the ability to search thousands of posts on sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, hunting for keywords that might indicate trouble.

School officials say that the goal is to flag potential dangers including cyberbullying, suicide and crime.

Joie Cadle of the Orange County School Board told WESH TV that the monitoring will alert school administrators to kids sending potentially serious threats via social media:

If they are sitting in a classroom and they are tweeting because they are mad at their teacher or their girlfriend for whatever reason, and there are some threatening words there, we need to be able to know if it is credible.

It’s not like the posts are private. As Snaptrends’ privacy policy notes, the technology only sifts through public posts.

But opponents of the school’s new snooping effort, which was announced in April, say it’s not the fact that their kids are being surveilled that’s disturbing them.

Rather, it’s the unanswered question of just what, exactly the school district plans to do with the information it collects.

WESH TV quotes Cindy Hamilton, co-founder of Opt Out Orlando:

My privacy issues aren’t with the fact that they’re just out there looking at it, because frankly, with social media it’s not private. But what are they going to do with the information they look at? That’s what we’re concerned about.

When it announced the monitoring, the school district said it will:

[U]se the software to conduct routine monitoring for purposes of prevention or early intervention of potential issues where students or staff could be at risk to themselves or to others.

The company will assist district law enforcement and security personnel in monitoring publicly available social media communications that are relevant to school operations and personnel.

Florida isn’t the only state to turn to monitoring in the face of school shootings, violence and bullying.

As CNN reported last year, the school system in Huntsville, Alabama, hired a retired FBI agent for security work, which included reviewing social media”when a high priority tip is received about an emerging threat to a school, student or staff member,” as a school district spokesman said.

As well, the Glendale school district in Los Angeles in 2012 made the controversial decision to pay the firm Geo Listening $40,500 to monitor its students’ social media activity on sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The impetus to look into the technology was the suicides of two students. The final decision to pay for the monitoring was made after a pilot program helped administrators step in when yet another student used social media to talk about”ending his life.”

The Orange County School District hasn’t detailed how officials will decide what, precisely, to review.

Some technologies might just search social media posts, but others are more akin to tools you might expect to see in the arsenals of government surveillance agencies.

Safe Outlook Corporation’s monitoring software CompuGuardian, for example, gives school administrators not only the ability to search keywords connected to cyberbullying and drug use, but also to delve into students’ search histories to see if they’re researching topics about dangers such as school violence.

CNN quotes Safe Outlook President David Jones:

You can identify a student, and you can jump into their activity logs and see exactly what they’ve typed, exactly where they’ve gone, exactly what they’ve done, and it gives you some history that you can go back to that child and use some disciplinary action.

You can bring in the parent and say,’Hey, look, this is what your child’s doing. You need to talk to them about it.’

Interestingly enough, and hardly surprising, is the fact that Snaptrends is reportedly also in use by the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange, which is the local law enforcement Fusion Center.

A Fusion Center is a center set up to”analyze information and identify trends to share timely intelligence with federal, state, and local law enforcement including [Department of Homeland Security], which then further shares this information with other members of the Intelligence Community.”

As such, it’s not surprising that, just like with the Feds’ propensity to amass vast troves of surveillance data about citizens, so too are opponents pointing to monitoring software’s collection of anything and everything, including both potentially threatening or perfectly innocent content.

From a post against the surveillance, written by Florida attorney Scott Martin:

Snaptrends is a type of social media scraper/aggregator that collects social media information in mass. The data are scooped up by an automated process without regard to the nature of the content – good, bad, or indifferent.

But what guarantees are there that the social media information collected by the District will be limited to… benevolent purposes? What policies are in place? Who can access the data? What conclusions are being drawn from the data? Who is drawing those conclusions? What standards are they using in making decisions based on captured data?

All these questions should be answered before any such tool is put in place, Martin says.

 

6 Responses

Jake · 22 days ago

Great article here. I wonder what the process will be with parental notifications and potential legal consequences for the parents themselves. Also, I don’t hear the EFF complaining about this – go figure. Reply

Joe · 20 days ago

Great. I remember when we used to joke about Russian and Cuban informants spying on citizens. Old and Jaded. Back to the USSA. Reply

thispageinetntionallyleftblank · 19 days ago

It is time to go dark, to go offline, and leave the matrix. The purpose of the internet is to allow corporations and governments the power to spy on people. Reply

MayVaneDay · 19 days ago

Couldn’t a student subvert this kind of surveillance by not putting a location on their profile, using a pseudonym, and using Tor or a VPN if allowed on the network? Reply

Cab Essen · 18 days ago

The US Department of Education needs to enforce privacy protections under FERPA for any data that schools collect on students. Reply

Grumpy · 17 days ago

I agree that if these tactics are put into place – that should happen AFTER well thought out policies are published. I also suppose that the next step will be that the students will be forced to”register” their social media accounts with the school?

I suppose that we should consider social media posts as being”shouted from the rooftops” as opposed to”whispered in the corner”.

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