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We explore the risks arising from the use and misuse of digital devices and electronic communication tools. We interview experts in the fields of cybersafety, cybersecurity, privacy, parenting, and technology and share the wisdom of these experts with you!

Cybertraps Podcast Frederick Lane & Jethro Jones

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

We explore the risks arising from the use and misuse of digital devices and electronic communication tools. We interview experts in the fields of cybersafety, cybersecurity, privacy, parenting, and technology and share the wisdom of these experts with you!

    Teaching Cybersecurity using Sphero with Tod Johnston Cybertraps 158

    Teaching Cybersecurity using Sphero with Tod Johnston Cybertraps 158

    Tod Johnston, a Senior Education Content Manager at Sphero, discusses how his company uses robots to teach cybersecurity concepts to middle school students. Their robotic balls help students visualize abstract cybersecurity topics like man-in-the-middle attacks. Tod explains how they developed lessons in collaboration with cybersecurity experts to give students an initial understanding of cyber threats and how to act responsibly online. Tod hopes to expand these lessons to younger students in the future. The discussion also touches on the challenges of educating both students and adults about cybersecurity given that technology is evolving rapidly and privacy policies are often difficult to understand.

    Sphero - Blueprint- basics of engineering 
    Educators need to think about cybersecurity from a student’s perspective, rather than a technology perspective. 
    We should be inviting students to learn about their privacy policies to help them make better choices. 
    Sphero programmable balls are good for teaching programmable, algorithmic skills, but it’s always difficult to teach cybersecurity. 
    An example of a man in the middle attack 
    Can’t damage other people’s property 

    Student in Miami-Dade who hacked the school district. 

    Dr. Pauline Mosley collaborated on Sphero’s curriculum 
    The hope for the future of designing software and hardware and what they should look like. 
    - How GDPR has ruined the web
    About Tod Johnston
    Tod Johnston is a Senior Education Content Manager at Sphero, leveraging over 10 years of experience in classroom settings. With a focus on classroom technology, math education, STEM, and the environment, Tod applies practical teaching expertise to positively impact technology integration in schools. He also has experience as a Learning Experience Designer – designing curriculum, presenting at conferences, and researching educational technology and math education trends. He is dedicated to transforming education through innovative approaches.

    • 34 min
    AI Policies in Schools Cybertraps 157

    AI Policies in Schools Cybertraps 157

    In Cybertraps 157, the APLUS Framework for adopting AI in schools is discussed. The framework emphasizes Accessibility, Privacy and Ethics, Learner-centered approach, Usability, and Sustainability. The irony of principals wanting AI to assist them while trying to prevent students from doing the same is highlighted. Examples of AI policies, including a plagiarism policy, are mentioned. The importance of viewing AI as an ecosystem rather than just a tool is emphasized. A blog post is referenced, stating that 73% of something is discussed.

    APLUS Framework for adopting AI
    A - Accessibility
    P - Privacy and Ethics
    L - Learner-centered
    U - Usability
    S - Sustainability

    The irony of principals asking for AI to do their jobs while simultaneously trying to find ways to prevent students from doing the same.
    Example 1: (I only have it in Email form) Plagiarism Policy
    Example 2: much betterPeninsula school district: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zM7qJbgPc01JG5d63XSLuJnRILaKdj2vvSGFqjWrrkw/edit

    AI is an ecosystem, not a tool.
    73% of what blog post: https://world.hey.com/jason/73-of-what–80e24c13

    • 47 min
    Those Who Don't Read Science Fiction Are Doomed to Repeat It Cybertraps 156

    Those Who Don't Read Science Fiction Are Doomed to Repeat It Cybertraps 156

    In Cybertraps 156, the podcast discusses the potential dangers of AI-fitted teddy bears. These toys have the ability to read children personalized bedtime stories using private information they have overheard. The episode highlights a news item that warns about the privacy concerns associated with these “scary” gadgets.

    Harry Harrison – “I Always Do What Teddy Says” – https://www.deviantart.com/aegiandyad/art/I-Always-Do-What-Teddy-Says–259013944

    Jethro’s Copy from the book: https://www.dropbox.com/s/brrf8hkt3zbm2l8/I%20always%20do%20what%20Teddy%20Says.pdf?dl=0

    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/44JeusZ

    News Item: “Beware of the AI-fitted teddy bears: ‘Scary’ gadgets could read children personalised bedtime stories using private details they have overheard, leading toymaker claims” – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article–12233551/ChatGPT-style-teddy-bears-read-bedtime-stories-toymaker-claims.html (scroll down for story)

    • 32 min
    Bot's Up, Doc? with Jethro Jones Cybertraps 155

    Bot's Up, Doc? with Jethro Jones Cybertraps 155

    In this episode, Jethro and Fred discuss chatbots and artificial intelligence. The episode covers the history of chatbots, including the Turing Test and the development of Large Language Models (LLMs) such as ChatGPT, Bing, and Jasper. The potential uses and issues with chatbots are explored, including incomplete or misinformation, theft of intellectual property, inappropriate uses, and threats to various types of jobs. The episode also touches on the impact of chatbots on education and the potential for weaponization of disinformation, cybersecurity, and more emotion-targeted advertising.

    Beginning of Cybertraps Podcast Episode Index

    Writebettr.com - test out AI with your poorly written emails

    AILeader.info - learn about AI and how to use it to save time with 3 minute masterclasses.
    Today’s Topic: Bot’s Up, Doc?
    Keynote delivered at last minute for Alaska Society for Technology in Education
    Artificial Life and Artificial IntelligenceWhy chatbots are NOT “artificial intelligence” – yet

    “The Father of Chat”
    The Turing Test
    Alan Turing OBE FRS [1912–1954] – British mathematician and computer scientist
    Leader in development of computer and algorithmic theory
    At Bletchley Park, helped design a machine to crack the Enigma code
    1950 – Turing devises The Turing Test:
    Can a computer produce answers indistinguishable from a human?
    The Imitation Game

    1954 – Turing commits suicide

    Large Language Models (LLMs)
    ChatGPT (esp. 4)
    embedded AI
    Google Workspace
    incredibly rapid change

    Current ChatGPT Issues
    Incomplete Data or Misinformation
    Theft of Intellectual Property
    Inappropriate Uses
    Response to MSU Shooting
    Threat to a Various Types of Jobs
    Mid-to Lower-Level Tech
    Media / PR Professionals
    Customer Service
    Paralegals / Attorneys?
    Religious Leaders?

    A Quick Object Lesson
    Censorship Is a Biz-Kill
    China Was a Tech Leader in 2010s
    Beijing (CCP) Got Nervous
    Party Officials Took Corporate Seats
    Goal Was to Limit Social Influence
    Chinese Tech Companies Slashed  Investment in Pure Research

    ChatGPT and Education
    A Flawed Resource for Students
    Incomplete Information
    Kids Will Use Technology to Cheat
    Not the First Time …
    Several Schools Have Had Cheating Scandals
    NYC Blocked, then Unblocked, Access to ChatGPT

    Responses and Solutions
    Tools for Identifying Chat-Generated Content
    Incorporate Chat Critiques into Curricula
    The Revenge of the Palmer Method?
    Create Assessments that ChatGPT Can’t Answer

    The Parade of Horribles
    Weaponization of Disinformation
    Social Engineering
    Scams and Spams
    Manipulative Suggestions
    Integration with Other Technologies
    More Emotion-Targeted Advertising
    Displaced Emotional Relationships
    Personalized Chatbot (“Amanuensis”)
    Fasten Your Seat Belt. It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Night.

    • 29 min
    Armies of Enablers with Amos Guiora cybertraps 154

    Armies of Enablers with Amos Guiora cybertraps 154

    In this episode, Fred Lane interviews Amos Guiora, a law professor at the University of Utah. The bulk of the interview centers on Professor Guiora’s recently published book, "Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories of Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults". In his book, Professor Guiora attempts to answer a difficult question:
    “What do sexual assault survivors expect of the enabler-bystander? In this powerful book, Amos N. Guiora shares the stories of survivors to expose how individual and institutional enablers allow predators to perpetrate their crimes through silence and other failures to act. He then proposes legal, cultural, and social measures aimed at the enabler from the survivor’s perspective.” 
    In addition to his work at the University of Utah law school, Professor Guiora has been active in S.E.S.A.M.E., the organization led by Terri Miller that is working the so-called “passing of the trash.”
    Frederick Lane is an author, attorney, educational consultant, and lecturer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is the co-founder of The Center for Cyberethics and is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of cybersafety, digital misconduct, personal privacy, and other topics at the intersection of law, technology, and society. Lane has appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC.
    He has written ten books, including most recently Cybertraps for Educators 2.0 (2020), Raising Cyberethical Kids (2020), and Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads (2017). He is currently working on his newest book, _The Rise of the Digital Mob_ (Beacon Press 2022). All of his books are available on Amazon.com or through his Web sites, FrederickLane.com and Cybertraps.com.
    With Jethro Jones (The Transformative Principal), Lane co-hosts “The Cybertraps Podcast.” He is also the publisher of “The Cybertraps Newsletter” (newsletter.cybertraps.com).

    • 32 min
    Ghana Update and the Growing Problem of Deepfakes Cybertraps 153

    Ghana Update and the Growing Problem of Deepfakes Cybertraps 153

    Update from Ghana - #2023–03–13_1100 Meeting with the Cybercrime Unit of the Ghana Police Service - #2023–03–14_1200 Visit to 5/6 classroom at Primus Hybrid School - #2023–03–19_1400 Pan-Africa webinar for parents - How can parents and carers monitor their children’s online activity without infringing on their privacy? - What are the long-term effects of excessive technology use on children’s mental and physical health? - How can parents and carers stay informed about new technology trends and potential risks? - What should parents and carers do if they suspect their child is being cyberbullied or harassed online? - How can parents and carers effectively communicate with their children about technology use without creating conflict or tension? - How can parents and carers address their own technology use and set a good example for their children? - What is the role of peer pressure and social media in shaping children’s online behavior, and how can parents and carers help children navigate these pressures? - How can technology be used to enhance learning and development for children, and what are some best practices for incorporating technology into education? - How can parents and carers help children build healthy relationships with their devices and encourage offline activities and hobbies? - What is the role of technology companies and platforms in promoting safe and responsible technology use, and how can parents and carers hold them accountable? - The Growing Problem of Deepfakes - News Item: New York students create a deepfake video of middle school principal saying racist things “https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2023/03/14/racist-deepfakes-carmel-tiktok/” - Details - Target of the malicious attack was George Fischer Middle School - In late January or early February, multiple videos were released on Tiktok, with a male voice laid over videos of Principal John Piscitella - The voiceovers contained racist statements and threats of violence - TikTok quickly took the videos down but not before they were seen by multiple students - Carmel Central School District sent out a letter on February 13, 2023, alerting parents to the videos and saying “that three high-schoolers had “used artificial intelligence to impersonate the staff” and made them appear to make “inappropriate comments” in videos.” - The school did not describe the videos, nor did it specifically mention the racist comments or threats of violence - Simultaneous, local police closed their investigation after determining that no crime had been committed - The District defended its response to angry parents, saying that “they were trying to balance disclosing sensitive information without generating panic” - But parents accused the District of minimizing the videos - The videos raise many issues, most controversial: - Racism - Student Privacy - The Use and Abuse of Technology (particularly AI) - Threats of Gun Violence - Disciplinary action was taken against three students but District refused to say what action was taken - Analysis - Schools need to be more transparent about the nature of incidents like these - We may need to consider the cost of student privacy - These were relatively crude deepfake videos; the technology exists now to make much more convincing videos - Additional Resources - #2023–03–09 Principal appears to spew racist threats in disturbing video — but it never actually happened “https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/principal-appears-to-spew-racist-threats-in-disturbing-video-%E2%80%94-but-it-never-actually-happened/ar-AA18qImu” - #2023–03–08 High Schoolers Made a Racist Deepfake of a Principal Threatening Black Students “https://www.vice.com/en/article/7kxzk9/school-principal-deepfake-racist-video” - #2023–03–02 TikTok videos threatening Black students have Carmel parents on edge, district promising change “https://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2023/03/02/racist-tiktok-

    • 44 min

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Fellow parents, this one is a must.

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