Daily social & tech headlines: Bullied teachers and the rise of anonymity

 “We don’t need no education” – Pink Floyd, The Wall

I’m showing my age, but when I was at school we wouldn’t dare talk back to a teacher, never-mind try to bully them. Which is why my top pick today is so disconcerting. The UK’s ‘Independent’ newspaper reports that 21% of 7,500 teachers polled have been bullied by pupils via social media. The article states that teachers are increasingly facing “vile” abuse – both words and video – via social channels.

The piece brought to mind several other recent articles. The first from The Economist article ‘Secrets and lies’ which investigated the rise of anonymous Apps. The second was an MIT article entitled “Laws and Ethics Can’t Keep Pace with Technology”. The final story was in Neutral magazine, which included the quote: “Users who would ordinarily avoid confrontation for fear of physical or lawful reprisals find themselves free to act online as they wish, insulting and harassing others without consequence.

These three articles, when considered together, build a fascinating picture of a very modern challenge. A new era in which perceived anonymity is developing into a shield for seemingly out-of-character actions. A time when real anonymity has become a luxury item. And finally, a period when the law isn’t able to keep up with the pace of change. This makes the Independent article so powerful. They all indicate a generational gap which is more than music, fashion or technology, but deeply psychological? Which, if true, requires research and education today, so we don’t risk an even bigger generational gap tomorrow.

Top pick: Independent: Teachers: ‘Our pupils are targeting us on social media’ with more than a quarter victims of abuse

Best of the rest:

NYPost: Latest social media stunt shows people are too busy to be happy #100HappyDays

InformationWeek: Hortonworks Adds Cascading For Big Data App Development

ZDNet: LG consulting biz wants to be ‘trusted’ supplier of cloud, big data

FinancialBrand: Big Data: Profitability, Potential and Problems in Banking

ECNS: When big data can lead to big profit

BusinessDay: Big data for poor students

Forbes: Falling Solar Energy Costs Are Poised To Reshape The World’s Economy

Register: It’s a done deal! Microsoft-Nokia merger to close on Friday

ReCode: Here Comes Facebook’s Ad Network: Mobile Ads Launching This Month

TechCrunch: Mailbird Brings Speed Reading Technology To Email

BNA: Social Media Strategies in Recruiting, Hiring Pose Legal Risks for Employers

TIME: Boston Marathon Bombings: Making Sense of the Social Media Blitz

Technorati: How do you effectively reel-in enterprise social media management?

Phys.org: New material coating technology mimics nature’s lotus effect (w/ video)

Mail: Now your TV could be infected by computer viruses: Technology security expert warns cyber criminals could infect millions of devices

Forbes (US): The Technology We Need to Protect Children: 21st Century Citizen Services

Just odd…

Guardian: Nintendo Game Boy – 25 facts for its 25th anniversary

Independent: How to make graphene using a kitchen blender

Image taken from official ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ music video: http://vimeo.com/57337028

*** Update – An alternative expanded version of this post is now on http://blog.lewispr.com ***

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