Wednesday, August 12, 2020

MixedTimes - Tom Ciccotta

Facebook Faces Fresh Lawsuit over Instagram's Use of Biometric Data

Facebook Faces Fresh Lawsuit over Instagram's Use of Biometric Data

A lawsuit filed against Facebook in California this week claims that the company's Instagram platform is unlawfully harvesting biometric data from its users. The lawsuit claims that Instagram is intentionally stealing facial recognition data from more than 100 million users without their consent.

Comcast Says It Will Fix 'Technical' Glitch that Halted Laura Loomer Emails

Comcast Says It Will Fix 'Technical' Glitch that Halted Laura Loomer Emails

Congressional candidate Laura Loomer claimed on Monday that Comcast Xfinity has banned her campaign from sending fundraising emails and text messages. After being contacted by Breitbart News, Comcast claimed that it was working with Loomer to resolve the issue with a 'technical fix.

Watch: Students in Miami Trust China and TikTok over Trump

Watch: Students in Miami Trust China and TikTok over Trump

Young Americans in Miami, Florida, were interviewed this week about President Donald Trump's plan to ban the TikTok in the United States. Many of the young people suggested that they trust the Chinese government more than Donald Trump.

Harvard Research: Leftist Profs Don't Believe Universities Face Free Speech Crisis

Harvard Research: Leftist Profs Don't Believe Universities Face Free Speech Crisis

A new study that was published Harvard lecturer Pippa Norris claims that leftist professors are unlikely to understand the experience of their conservative colleagues. According to Norris, leftist professors are more likely to believe that "there has been little or no change in respect for open academic debate and pressures to be politically correct.

Report: Twitter Considers Merger with Communist China's TikTok

Report: Twitter Considers Merger with Communist China's TikTok

A new report suggests that social media giants TikTok and Twitter may join forces in the United States. The rumor comes just days after President Trump announced that the China-based TikTok would have 45 days to negotiate a merger or acquisition agreement with an American company to avoid sanctions.

Harvard Launches Wi-Fi Contact Tracing System to Monitor Students

Harvard Launches Wi-Fi Contact Tracing System to Monitor Students

Harvard University has begun testing a contact tracing system that is designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus on campus this fall. Now, some experts are concerned that Harvard's version of the tracking software will expose users to security breaches.

The Citadel Will Require All Cadets to Take Class on the Constitution

The Citadel Will Require All Cadets to Take Class on the Constitution

The Citadel, a military academy in South Carolina, has announced that it will require all students to take a course on the United States Constitution. The decision comes in the aftermath of discussions by state lawmakers to enforce a decades-old law that requires public institutions to teach a course on the Constitution.

U. of Texas Bans All Parties

U. of Texas Bans All Parties

An official at the University of Texas at Austin announced on Friday that parties and large gatherings will be banned for the fall semester. The new policy, which was designed to prevent the spread of Wuhan coronavirus, applies to both on and off-campus gatherings of 10 or more people.

Poll: 73% of College Democrats Support Removing Statues of Founding Fathers

Poll: 73% of College Democrats Support Removing Statues of Founding Fathers

A new poll has revealed that an overwhelming majority of college democrats support the removal of statues of America's Founding Fathers. Students around the nation have launched campaigns that call for the removal of campus statues of American icons such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Virginia Commonwealth U. Suffers $100K in Campus Damage During Riot

Virginia Commonwealth U. Suffers $100K in Campus Damage During Riot

Virginia Commonwealth University suffered at least $100,000 worth of damages on campus as a result of a protest that took place over the weekend. Protesters claimed that they were demonstrating to draw awareness to the ongoing protests in Portland, Oregon.

The Atlantic: Don't Let Colleges Blame Students for Campus Coronavirus Spread

The Atlantic: Don't Let Colleges Blame Students for Campus Coronavirus Spread

Professors from Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis published a column inthe Atlantic last week in which they claimed that universities and colleges will blame college students for administrative failures to prevent the spread of the Chinese virus on campus this fall.

U. of Florida Students Say Founding Fathers Are 'Villains'

U. of Florida Students Say Founding Fathers Are 'Villains'

Students at the University of Florida told a reporter this week that America's Founding Fathers are "villains." Many of the students that were interviewed were unable to name positive contributions that the Founding Fathers made to the world.

Report: Google's 200,000 Employees Will Work from Home for Another Full Year

Report: Google's 200,000 Employees Will Work from Home for Another Full Year

The Wall Street Journalreports that Google's 200,000employees will continue to work from home another full year to prevent the spread of the Chinese virus. Other Silicon Valley companies, such as Twitter and Facebook, have already begun to explore remote working options.

50 Duke U. Student Orgs Call for Abolishing Campus Police Department

50 Duke U. Student Orgs Call for Abolishing Campus Police Department

Students at Duke University are calling on administrators to abolish the campus police department, which they argue has its roots in "slave patrols." 50 student organizations representing almost 1,000 students and faculty signed onto a petition in support of the movement to abolish the Duke police department.

Students Claim Harvard's 'Board of Overseers' Is Offensive

Students Claim Harvard's 'Board of Overseers' Is Offensive

Activist students at Harvard are calling for a renaming of the university's "Board of Overseers." The students argue that the term is offensive because the word overseer was once used to describe plantation managers.

U. of Wisconsin-Madison Redesigns Logo for Black Lives Matter

U. of Wisconsin-Madison Redesigns Logo for Black Lives Matter

The University of Wisconsin at Madison announced this week that it has redesigned one of its logos to pay tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. The logo will be prominently featured on athletic uniforms next season.

Feds: Visiting Stanford Researcher Lied About Chinese Military Connections

Feds: Visiting Stanford Researcher Lied About Chinese Military Connections

The United States Department of Justice announced on Monday that a researcher at Stanford University has been charged with visa fraud. Researcher Song Chen is alleged to have misrepresented her relationship with the Chinese military on her visa application, stating that her service ended in 2011, which in fact she is an active service member in the People's Liberation Army.

PragerU Launches 'Back the Blue' Campaign to Support Law Enforcement

PragerU Launches 'Back the Blue' Campaign to Support Law Enforcement

PragerU has launched a new campaign called "Black the Blue" this week, encouraging Americans to support their local police officers.Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow discussed the campaign in a video Monday, thanking police officers "on behalf of Breitbart Nation" for "doing the hard work that is often so thankless.

UConn Student Government Leaders Resign Because They Are White

UConn Student Government Leaders Resign Because They Are White

The president and vice president of the UConn student government resigned this month on the basis of their skin color. Vice President Alex Ose said that she stepped down to make room for "black, indigenous, and people of color" to step into leadership roles.

SAT Company The College Board Maintains Ties to Communist China

SAT Company The College Board Maintains Ties to Communist China

The College Board, the company behind the SAT exam, reportedly has established partnerships with China's Communist government. The College Board, like many universities and colleges in the United States, has maintained a relationship with the Confucius Institute, a Chinese government-backed organization that aims to increase China's influence on education around the globe.

U. of Kentucky Faces Lawsuit over Plan to Remove Mural of State History

U. of Kentucky Faces Lawsuit over Plan to Remove Mural of State History

The University of Kentucky is facing a lawsuit over its plans to remove a mural that depicts various parts of American history. The mural, which has sparked controversy over its depiction of slaves and Native Americans, was painted in 1934 by artist Ann Rice O'Hanlon.

Harvard Students Demand Tuition Decreases for Online Classes

Harvard Students Demand Tuition Decreases for Online Classes

Students at Harvard University are questioning the university's refusal to reduce tuition costs for the upcoming academic year, when classes will be held entirely online. The cost of tuition for a year at Harvard University is $49,653.

Utah's Dixie State U. Considering Name Change In Response to Petition

Utah's Dixie State U. Considering Name Change In Response to Petition

Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, announced this week that it is considering changing its name in response to a petition by local citizens. The petition claims that the word "Dixie" is offensive due to its ties to the southern states in the Confederacy.

Washington & Lee Professors Vote to Remove 'Lee' from School Name

Washington & Lee Professors Vote to Remove 'Lee' from School Name

The faculty of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, voted on Monday to remove the name of Robert E. Lee from the university's name.During a faculty meeting on Monday, 79 percent of faculty voted in favor of a change to the university's name.

Report: Stanford Accepted $58 Million from Chinese Government

Report: Stanford Accepted $58 Million from Chinese Government

Stanford University is facing criticism over its extensive relationship with the Chinese government. Between 2013 and 2019, the university reported that it had accepted $58 million in gifts and contracts from China and its communist government.

Survey: College Makes Young Americans Less Patriotic

Survey: College Makes Young Americans Less Patriotic

A new survey commissioned by the Young America's Foundation called the Youth Patriotism Index revealed that American colleges and universities are contributing to making students less patriotic.

UC San Francisco Pays Hacker's $1 Million Ransom to Save Research

UC San Francisco Pays Hacker's $1 Million Ransom to Save Research

The University of California, San Francisco has admitted that it paid $1.14 million to "ransomware" hackers to retrieve research that hackers had temporarily compromised. The hackers initially demanded a payment of $3 million to return the data that they had stolen from the university.

Fresno State Students Call for Removal of Gandhi Statue

Fresno State Students Call for Removal of Gandhi Statue

Students at Fresno State University have circulated a petition that calls for the removal of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on campus. The students argued that the statue should be removed on the basis of Gandhi's alleged prejudices against minority groups.

Chinese Researcher Convicted of Spying on American Companies

Chinese Researcher Convicted of Spying on American Companies

A Chinese citizen that completed a portion of a doctoral program at an unnamed Californa university was convicted of stealing American trade secrets on Friday. The DOJ charged the man with conspiring to steal trade secrets from multiple American companies and hand them over "for the benefit of the Chinese government.

Pete Buttigieg Accepts Teaching Role at Notre Dame

Pete Buttigieg Accepts Teaching Role at Notre Dame

Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg announced this week that he will assume a teaching role at the University of Notre Dame for the upcoming academic year.

Facebook 'Supreme Court' to Feature Leftist Law Professors

Facebook 'Supreme Court' to Feature Leftist Law Professors

Facebook's new oversight board, commonly referred to as its "Supreme Court," will be tasked with determining which content should be removed from the site. It will be staffed with leftist professors from some of America's top law schools.

California Student Group Encourages Antifa-Style Protests

California Student Group Encourages Antifa-Style Protests

A statewide California student group encouraged students to engage in Antifa-style protests in response to the death of George Floyd. The Students for Quality Education organization encouraged students to put their "bodies on the front lines for Black lives.

Harvard Prof: Defunding the Police Could Cost Thousands of Black Lives

Harvard Prof: Defunding the Police Could Cost Thousands of Black Lives

Harvard University Professor Roland Fryer argued this week that defunding the police "could cost thousands of Black lives." Leftist activists around the nation have called on their local governments to divert funding away from their police forces.

Celebrities Call for Firing of UNC Prof. Over Twitter Joke

Celebrities Call for Firing of UNC Prof. Over Twitter Joke

Celebrities that have worked on television productions in North Carolina are calling for the termination of University of North Carolina, Wilmington, Professor Mike Adams over a joke he posted to Twitter at the end of Mayabout the state's governor.

LSU Prof. Threatens to Drop Students That Use 'Hate Speech'

LSU Prof. Threatens to Drop Students That Use 'Hate Speech'

Lousiana State University Professor Alyssa Johnson tweeted this week that she will prevent students from registering for her courses if they engage in "hate speech." Johnson's tweet has received scrutiny from several First Amendment advocacy organizations.

Harvard Prof. Charles Lieber Indicted for Secret Work with Wuhan University

Harvard Prof. Charles Lieber Indicted for Secret Work with Wuhan University

Former Harvard Professor Charles Lieber was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday over allegations that he maintained an undisclosed financial relationship with the Chinese government by taking a position as a "Strategic Scientist" at the Wuhan University of Technology.

Arizona State Revokes Job Offer After Professor Praises 'Good Police Officers'

Arizona State Revokes Job Offer After Professor Praises 'Good Police Officers'

Arizona State University revoked a job offer from professor Sonya Forte Duhé after she praised "good police officers" on Twitter. Prior to the tweet, Duhé was scheduled to assume the role of dean of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State.

U. of Washington Community Demands Easy Grading for Black Students

U. of Washington Community Demands Easy Grading for Black Students

Students at the University of Washington are demanding a relaxed grading policy to help black students "cope emotionally" with the ongoing protests and riots that have erupted in major cities around the nation after George Floyd died during an arrest on May 26 in Minneapolis.

UCLA Professor: People Have No Choice But to Riot

UCLA Professor: People Have No Choice But to Riot

UCLA Professor Robin Kelley suggested this week that black Americans have no choice but to riot in the aftermath of George Floyd's death. As Kelley explained in a UCLA interview,“My wife asked me this question last night, ‘Do you think this is right?’ I said, ‘What other choice do people have?’”

Signal Messaging App Adds Face-Blurring Feature to Hide Identity of Protesters

Signal Messaging App Adds Face-Blurring Feature to Hide Identity of Protesters

The Signal messaging app introduced a feature this week that will help protesters shield their identities. When activated, the feature uses facial detection technology to automatically blur faces in pictures, hindering law enforcement efforts to identify violent rioters and looters.