Category Archives: Internet literacy

Educators’ Toolbox for Security Trainers

I’ve been attending trainings on using Tor, encryption, and other security/privacy tools lately, as OpenITP is exploring what we can do to help along these lines. From an educator’s standpoint, a lot of good work is being done already; trainings have a lot of hands-on components, are very responsive to student questions, and use good […]

Tor Holes: Learning how to teach Tor from the Harvard bomb threat

In education, we talk about the “mental models” students have of the subjects they are learning: the understanding they have of a system. In computing eduaction, this encompasses quite a bit — models of how a computer works, of its current state, of what computer language looks like, of the shape of a network, etc. […]

Notes on Linux: Harry Potter and the System of Privilege

This is hopefully the last in a series of posts about my experiences diving deeper into Linux, the first ones being about Mac being too pretty, Linux being too buggy, and the learning curve being too steep. As I was going around a few weeks back hyperbolically screaming that open source software was a tool […]

Notes on Linux: The Learning Curve and the Command Line

This is the third in a series of posts documenting my first month or so using Linux. The first one was on Macs as “shiny jewelry;” the second was on the difficulty of relying on Linux as your day-to-day work operating system (it doesn’t work). So, OK, maybe I’m not being totally fair by saying […]

Notes on Linux: It Doesn’t Work

This is the second part of a series of thoughts of my first month trying to work in a Linux environment. The first post dealt with a theme that kept coming up as I was negotiating to use a different OS: that people want Macs because they are “pretty” and “shiny.” The “pretty” accusation is […]