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Cyberbullies are also victims – they need help too

Cyberbullies are also victims – they need help too

Cyberbullying is very different to traditional bullying. Relationships between victims and perpetrators do not need to be physically close, they don’t need to be in the same class or even in the same school, for example. It can easily be anonymous, which may lower inhibitions to behave in a mean or hurtful way. It doesn’t stop once someone […] … learn more→

Hiring a lawyer for a military case - your must-knows

Hiring a lawyer for a military case – your must-knows

Facing a court martial or undergoing thorough investigations can be extremely stressful, and the potential punishments you might be subjected to have probably put you under a lot of pressure. When you are being charged with serious accusations, which could affect your military and social status, seeking the best solutions at a rapid pace is […] … learn more→

4 key challenges facing America in the 21st Century

4 key challenges facing America in the 21st Century

Technological innovations permeate nearly every facet of society and are changing the shape of major institutions such as computing infrastructure, the criminal justice system, the economy and the educational system. For each major change, ethical and accountability questions come to the forefront of discussion among public advocates, legislators and citizens. All parties agree that newfound […] … learn more→

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook targeting model really worked – according to the person who built it

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising uproar has revealed that his method worked much like the one Netflix uses to recommend movies. In an email to me, Cambridge University scholar Aleksandr Kogan explained how his statistical model processed Facebook data for Cambridge Analytica. The accuracy he claims […] … learn more→

Facebook is killing democracy with its personality profiling data

Facebook is killing democracy with its personality profiling data

What state should you move to based on your personality? What character on “Downton Abbey” would you be? What breed of dog is best for you? Some enormous percentage of Facebook’s 2.13 billion usersmust have seen Facebook friends sharing results of various online quizzes. They are sometimes annoying, senseless and a total waste of time. But they […] … learn more→

Threat assessments crucial to prevent school shootings

Threat assessments crucial to prevent school shootings

In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a wide variety of groups – from students to lawmakers – have been searching for ways to make U.S. schools and communities safer and prevent further shootings. One of the best ways to make schools safer is to use threat assessments – a tool developed […] … learn more→

What the National school walkout says about schools and free speech

What the National school walkout says about schools and free speech

Thousands of high school students across the nation left their classesMarch 14 precisely at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes. The walkout served two purposes: to honor the 17 people – including 14 students – killed exactly one month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and to call for stronger gun control laws. Organized by a Women’s March unit called […] … learn more→

Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy

Teaching students how to dissent is part of democracy

In scenes unprecedented in previous school shootings, the past few weeks have been marked by students taking to the streets, to the media, to corporations and elected officials in protest over gun practices and policies. Responses to these teens have been mixed. Some have celebrated their passion. Some concluded that the students are immature and don’t yet fully grasp longstanding issues with […] … learn more→

International Women’s Day: there is no female version of the ‘old boys’ network’

International Women’s Day: there is no female version of the ‘old boys’ network’

As a young academic, I can say with a certain level of confidence that my gender will stifle my career progression. Most probably, I will become just another droplet leaking out of the academic pipeline. Although as a culture we value separating our private and professional lives, the #MeToo phenomenon forces us to think about sexual […] … learn more→

7 Healthcare concerns in 2018

7 Healthcare concerns in 2018

The first year of President Trump’s administration has been strife with a lot of debatable policies. One of the topics of debate that’s dominated the headlines in 2017 is the Affordable Care Act and the future of the American healthcare system. Robert I. Field, a professor of law and healthcare management at Drexel University, pointed […] … learn more→