Digital Citizenship in the Surveillance State | Wesley Fryer, Ph.D. | TEDxWallerMiddleSchool




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Published on Dec 23, 2016

The revelations of Edward Snowden about mass surveillance continue to inform discussions about privacy, cyber-security, counter-terrorism and digital ethics. How can these topics fit into discussions about digital citizenship in the classroom? Should we be concerned about the amount of information we freely share with businesses and corporations via social media and settings on our smartphones like location services and even our microphone? What kinds of things should we be aware of as citizens in the surveillance state, and are there issues on which we should be advocates for regulation or limitations on the abilities of both governments as well as businesses to collect and use information about citizens for their own purposes?

Dr. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) is a teacher, author, speaker, and the Director of Technology for Casady School in Oklahoma City. He is the co-host of the weekly “EdTech Situation Room” podcast (@edtechSR) and the author of several books on effectively using digital technologies to communicate, tell stories, create media projects and develop STEM coding skills. Wes became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, and a PBS Digital Innovator in 2014. He completed his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. Wes co-chairs the Digital Citizenship Team at Casady School and is helping develop a five year strategic plan for Digital Citizenship which will guide teachers and students in important conversations relating to Internet safety, privacy, digital sharing, and other related topics. His professional blog and podcast is “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) focusing on technology integration.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


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