Monthly Archives: January 2017

How Florida is helping train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals

How Florida is helping train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals

Our increasingly connected and digital world is vulnerable to attack and needs more skilled professionals who know how to defend it. As connected devices proliferate, particularly smart devices creating what has been called the “Internet of Things,” the problem is getting worse. In 2016, there were 6.4 billion connected devices in use in homes and […] … learn more→

Trump’s immigration ban: Will it undercut American soft power?

Trump’s immigration ban: Will it undercut American soft power?

The Trump administration moved over the weekend to ban all immigration from seven Muslim nations, including stopping the entry of students and scholars with valid study and work visas from those countries. A large number of students come to study in the United States from these nations: Iran ranks 11th on the list of countries […] … learn more→

Going back to school again – a shopping list

Going back to school again – a shopping list

All over Australia, new PhD students are beginning their studies – welcome! Starting something new can be hard. Connecting with your new community can make it so much easier. world.edu is an online community, but of course you will have your local community too, in your school or faculty. If you are new to ANU, […] … learn more→

Managing the #phd- keep a reading journal

Managing the #phd- keep a reading journal

Reading is integral to research. Everyone says that, and it’s true. It’s also true that you need to find ways to read, note and keep track of all that reading. This is in part a question of tools and strategies. But tools and strategies are necessary but not sufficient. You need to make sense of […] … learn more→

In the face of Trump’s Muslim ban, all academics have a responsibility to act

In the face of Trump’s Muslim ban, all academics have a responsibility to act

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order preventing nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia from entering the US. Syrian refugees are indefinitely banned, and other refugees are banned for 120 days. It’s not clear what comes next. During his campaign, Trump also stated his intention to remove all 11 million […] … learn more→

Singing “California Girls” = Sexual harassment

Singing “California Girls” = Sexual harassment

Having been part of, and victimized by, the kangaroo campus court system, I nevertheless am perpetually amazed at just how bizarrely it runs, from how piffling the “crimes” are that merit convictions, to how far reaching the penalties can be. Of particular interest to the kangaroo court system are sex related cases. Before moving on, […] … learn more→

2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined

2017 isn’t ‘1984’ – it’s stranger than Orwell imagined

A week after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, George Orwell’s “1984” is the best-selling book on Amazon.com. The hearts of a thousand English teachers must be warmed as people flock to a novel published in 1949 for ways to think about their present moment. Orwell set his story in Oceania, one of three blocs or mega-states […] … learn more→

U of Penn: Shakespeare OUT, Lesbian author IN

U of Penn: Shakespeare OUT, Lesbian author IN

The dementation of higher education is in real time. From one eyeblink to the next, it seems one more thing happens to debase higher education. So we have Shakespeare being taken down, and a new author, Lorde, in his place. Before moving on to the latest slip into the abyss, I reckon I’d best answer […] … learn more→

Growing partisanship fuels fake news – but we can stop its spread

Growing partisanship fuels fake news – but we can stop its spread

The challenge of fake news is well articulated in this quote from Abraham Lincoln. More and more, individuals get their news on societal issues via social media platforms and without the vetting process that previously characterised leading news outlets. This shift was made clear when a study by Buzzfeed found that fake news was posted […] … learn more→

Far beyond crime-ridden depravity, darknets are key strongholds of freedom of expression online

Far beyond crime-ridden depravity, darknets are key strongholds of freedom of expression online

The internet is much more than just the publicly available, Google-able web services most online users frequent – and that’s good for free expression. Companies frequently create private networks to enable employees to use secure corporate servers, for example. And free software allows individuals to create what are called “peer-to-peer” networks, connecting directly from one […] … learn more→