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Daily Archives: May 29, 2023

Chrome Extension Helps Students Prove AI Didn’t Write Their Essays

Slash Gear: “…Draftback is a Google Chrome browser extension available as a free download from the Chrome Web Store. When installed, Draftback adds a special button to the top of a Google Doc interface that retraces the entire revision history of the document. As the extension’s creator, writer, and programmer James Somers explains on the extension’s Chome Web Store page, “It’s like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you write.” When you click the Draftback button, a secondary window pops up showing a timeline of the document. When you press play, you can see every single entry and revision that went into it playing out like a movie. You can even fast-forward and rewind. The timeline features a precise timestamp showing when work was conducted on the document and for how long. Besides the timeline, Draftback also provides a data and stat summary, including a graph showing when and where the document was altered. If AI-produced text were copied and pasted into a document, the Draftback timeline would show it all appearing at once. Ergo, if the timeline does not show that, it definitively proves that a student wrote their entire essay themselves..”

Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 27, 2023

Via LLRX – Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, May 27, 2023 – Privacy and cybersecurity issues impact every aspect of our lives – home, work, travel, education, health and medical records – to name but a few. On a weekly basis Pete Weiss highlights articles and information that focus on the increasingly… Continue Reading

From Ethics to Law: Why, When, and How to Regulate AI

Chesterman, Simon, From Ethics to Law: Why, When, and How to Regulate AI (April 29, 2023). Forthcoming in The Handbook of the Ethics of AI edited by David J. Gunkel (Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.), NUS Law Working Paper No. 2023/014, Available at SSRN: or “The past decade has seen a proliferation of guides,… Continue Reading

We build digital tools to accelerate scientific research

The Macrocosm Consortium: “This group is part of an experiment in building digital projects with specific focus on civilizational scale. We’re made up of a group of young people who enjoy tinkering on projects with high potential and immediate impact. It’s easier than it’s ever been to build incredible things. The insane productivity that’s being… Continue Reading

Book removals may have violated student civil rights

Washington Post – free link: “In a move that could affect how schools handle book challenges, the federal government has concluded that a Georgia school district’s removal of titles with Black and LGBTQ characters may have created a “hostile environment” for students, potentially violating their civil rights. The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights released… Continue Reading

Stop the Presses? Newspapers in the Digital Age

CRS Report – Stop the Presses? Newspapers in the, Digital Age, Updated May 24, 2023: “During the past 20 years, more than 200 local daily newspapers have either reduced thei rpublication frequency or ceased publishing altogether. Among those that survived, many employa fraction of the journalists that they did at the turn of the 21st… Continue Reading