During our time together, we’ve explored many issues involving technology, privacy, and truth. To conclude this learning community we’ll turn our attention toward how these problems we face manifest in people’s lives. These issues are why we’ve gathered here in the first place, because we want to better prepare ourselves and our students to face these problems.

As we conclude our time together, spend time this week reflecting on how each of our topics plays a role in your own life. Your experiences may not be too far removed from some of the stories we’re about to explore.


To spark our discussion this week, we focused on three stories of the issues facing real people in higher education and around the world.

First, we considered the right to be forgotten, revenge porn, and how fabricated video can readily be produced. We explored these topics through this story of a 30-year-old victim of revenge porn who was secretly filmed by her ex-boyfriend. The victim found herself unable to gain employment because searching her name online yielded these videos.

For our next story, we talked about how fake news and hoax narrative was used to justify government inaction in the case of the kidnapped Chibok girls. Stephanie Busari’s Ted talk video (above) was the foundation for much of this discussion, although recently another hundred girls have been abducted by the same terrorist group, Boko Haram. These are some of the real consequences of proliferating false information—justification of inaction. These are ramifications we need to engage our students with as we approach issues of truth and misinformation.

Finally, we explored online harassment and the disproportionate targeting of women and people of color. These issues were explored through the lens of higher education, in particular we focused on Tressie McMillan Cottom’s story. With the rise of hate crimes and white supremacist propaganda on our campuses, it’s imperative that we engage our students with these issues.

Many of these conversations were difficult and unnerving, but critical for us to consider as we explore the best ways to address these topics in our lives and in our classrooms.

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