Twitter Takes A Step To Address Hate Speech and Online Abuse

According to  USA Today  and New York Times, Twitter will be taking another step toward curbing hate speech and online abuse on its social media platform.  New York Times reports Twitter will be "letting people more specifically block out what they do not want to see on the service, including muting words, phrases and even entire conversations. Twitter is also making it easier for people to report abusive behavior, even if they are only bystanders to the abuse, and for the company to evaluate those reports. And it has overhauled its approach to training support teams, holding special sessions on cultural and historical context for hateful conduct."  In USA Today's interview with Del Harvey, Twitter's head of safety, Harvey says, "‘Just to be clear: We are not saying by any means that as soon as this launches, the abuse issue will be solved on Twitter or that we are never going to get anything wrong again. This is sort of just another step for us on this path but we do think it's a really important one for people to have the ability to control the experience and shape it more.’"

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What is a Terabit Internet?

Today, as I am reviewing content from Envision Design’s curated magazine on Flipboard, Geek[s] Applied, I have a thought that I have thought before:  “What does this even mean?!”  This posting by Richard Wall has me scratching my head, and I admit, I am out of my depth in even attempting to spotlight it with anything more than awe and confusion…


apparently, we are approaching a “theoretical maximum information transfer rate” on fiber link on the internet.  An “unprecedented transmission capacity” of 1-terabit-per-second is the rate of internet connections.  Implications?  Not sure!  But I did read on the Gizmodo article that data service providers will be challenged to create more 5G networks to accommodate the speed and data sustainably.

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Easy to Remember Passwords Are Really Passphrases

According to the studies conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, passwords that are passphrases 16 to 64 characters will be easier to remember and possibly harder to hack.  The example passphrase from the article cited below would take “10,000 centuries to be brute-forced”, it is:  “ilovefreshsashimitunawithalittlesoyandwasabi”

So think of a phrase of your own and consider customizing with adding capitals and numbers (like adding “Email2016” or “Google2016”) to the phrase so that not all sites have the same passphrase.  And, you can test the strength of your online passphrase for free here.

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Web-base Reading Program

There seems to be more online options when it comes to online math support and tutoring programs.  I was so glad to find a fantastic program that will support and coach young readers! Created by a woman who experienced reading struggles firsthand, MindPlay is a Virtual Reading Coach that supports the learning of phonics, phonemic awareness, grammar for meaning, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and fluency.  After a brief assessment, an individualized plan is developed and the program begins.  A three-month subscription starts at $149 for the home-user.

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