Three ways Facebook could reduce fake news without resorting to censorship

Three ways Facebook could reduce fake news without resorting to censorship

The public gets a lot of its news and information from Facebook. Some of it is fake. That presents a problem for the site’s users, and for the company itself. Facebook cofounder and chairman Mark Zuckerberg said the company will find ways to address the problem, though he didn’t acknowledge its severity. And without apparent […] … learn more→

Project Veritas: Campuses shred constitution

Project Veritas: Campuses shred constitution

Project Veritas was in a the news a few weeks back, with video showing the Clinton campaign was behind the violence at Trump rallies, sending instigators to incite attacks. Strangely, the video was discounted by the mainstream media (MSM) because it was edited—the strange part being that edited video of Trump saying mean things over […] … learn more→

Universities’ lack of fight over casualisation is an embarrassment

Universities’ lack of fight over casualisation is an embarrassment

The recent Guardian coverage of insecure contracts in universities (that followed Times Higher Education’s article on the same topic earlier this year) put the UK higher education sector’s exploitative employment model firmly in the public eye. Many people would have been shocked at University and College Union’s research on the number of people on an insecure […] … learn more→

What cyber charter schools are and why their growth should worry us

What cyber charter schools are and why their growth should worry us

What President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican sweep of government will mean for K-12 education priorities over the next four years is not entirely clear yet. However, policy statements and administration selections so far indicate “school choice” will top the agenda. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s nominee for education secretary, has been known to be an advocate […] … learn more→

Ask not how but why – musings on ‘the interview’

Ask not how but why – musings on ‘the interview’

I was reading some interview transcripts the other day. They were fairly unstructured conversations; the interviewer had some set topics to cover, but not necessarily any set wording. I happened to be looking for the connections between the type of question asked and the response. I saw that the longest answers, and the ones with […] … learn more→

We can cut emissions in half by 2040 if we build smarter cities

We can cut emissions in half by 2040 if we build smarter cities

As a planet, we have some serious climate targets to meet in the coming years. The Paris Agreement, signed by 192 countries, set an aspirational goal of limiting global warming to 1.5ᵒC. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, set to be achieved by 2030, commit the world to “take urgent action” on climate change. All […] … learn more→

Can maths help you win at roulette?

Can maths help you win at roulette?

Albert Einstein supposedly once said: “No one can win at roulette unless he steals money from the table while the croupier isn’t looking.” Although I wouldn’t normally question Einstein, this statement isn’t true. In fact, you can use Einstein’s specialist subject, physics, to help you win. Or you can find a biased wheel that makes […] … learn more→

The way economics is taught needs an overhaul: a South African case study

The way economics is taught needs an overhaul: a South African case study

Economics is a discipline that ought, at its best, to explain the world and its complexities. Unlike physics, it is not an exact science. Due to its nature as a social sciences, lecturers must assist students to understand the complex relationships between companies, governments, consumers and diverse stakeholders. They also need to guide their students […] … learn more→

Here’s why some Dutch university students are living in nursing homes

Here’s why some Dutch university students are living in nursing homes

In today’s society both young and old increasingly find themselves living in a bubble of like-minded and similar-aged peers. This is especially true of university students who leave home at 18 to live with people of the same age – who have quite often had similar life experiences. Given this, the report that a Dutch […] … learn more→

Doing a copy edit of your thesis

Doing a copy edit of your thesis

There are many lists of skills that can be developed through doctoral studies. Editing rarely appears on these lists. That’s a strange omission, because any half-decent thesis has usually undergone a rigorous editorial process. I speak from experience. My own PhD studies (which I completed in 2009) equipped me with a range of editing skills, […] … learn more→