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Kay Endriss
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In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.

Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.

Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress -- SOPA and PIPA -- give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don't believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.

This is why I signed on to the following open letter with many other founders - http://dq99alanzv66m.cloudfront.net/sopa/img/12-14-letter.pdf
See also: http://americancensorship.org/ and http://engineadvocacy.org/

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We are just a couple of days behind, but you can submit the tasks anytime. This game could save your life! National Preparedness Month starts with you!

Calling all statistical programmers, statisticians, statistics educators alike! I am in search of something to use with my high school students. Does anyone have handy a good example of a dataset that provoked two different interpretations by statisticians? After listening to the BBC Tribe of Statisticians podcast my student said the following: "I remember specifically someone explaining that two different people can come to completely different results with the same data. I would like to know of a specific example of a debated result from a set of data, and see what the different arguments were and how the "tribe" came to a decision." For some reason this year, I find my students are GIVING ME assignments!!! (sorry for crosspostings)

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Hmmm. Seems like there's at least a blogpost forthcoming.

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What does this mean for education? More to follow

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Hooray for Aidan and those who facilitated his learning & discovery!

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Listen to how this guy got connected. He asked a question.
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