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Mario Couros Memorial Bursary
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Hey everyone – I’m really hoping that you can support the following with your direct contribution or by sharing this far and wide. Back in January of 2013, I initiated a massive open online course about edtech called #etmooc. It … Continue reading

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 03:42:44 +0000

Developing A Critical Disposition
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This morning, I received a photo (found below – I added the watermark) from a catfishing victim. She received it from a scammer who had used many of my personal and professional photos to form an online, intimate relationship with … Continue reading

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:46:07 +0000

Are You Being Catfished?
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This post was written jointly with Katia Hildebrandt and also appears on her blog. Catfishing schemes, or romance scams, continue to plague social networking services. In fact, the issue has become so common that there’s a good chance that one … Continue reading

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 23:07:54 +0000

Facebook Is Still Broken …
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I received this email a few minutes ago (and a few hours after I noticed that my Facebook account was down). For the fourth time, Facebook has disabled my account because the company doesn’t believe I am who I say … Continue reading

Sat, 16 Apr 2016 20:39:48 +0000

Facebook Is About To Make Catfishing Problems Even Worse
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Image via Careful Parents Over the past week, I’ve had a number of people share articles with me related to Facebook’s testing of a new feature that is purported to alert Facebook users when it finds that someone is impersonating your account. Once … Continue reading

Fri, 25 Mar 2016 21:31:21 +0000

The Future Of Identity Theft
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I’ve written and spoken extensively about my problems with romance scammers, criminals who have used my photos (and the photos of many others) to create fake profiles and trick victims into sending them significant amounts of money. In my research, … Continue reading

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 19:40:10 +0000

R/Nextspace (Reddit)
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For a number of years, I’ve enjoyed using Reddit as a source for my daily reading. Reddit, often known as “the front page of the Internet,” is often where one can find stories and trends before they go viral in … Continue reading

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 18:25:05 +0000

Catfishing Tricks Become More Complex
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Yesterday, I received the following Facebook message: I posted this to my Facebook wall when I received it, and it was interesting to hear from several people who felt they might have been fooled had they received the same message. After … Continue reading

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 23:36:11 +0000

Continued Catfishing Woes
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Landing in Regina tonight, I checked my phone to find the following tweets directed at me. @courosa This man is sick uses the name james Vardy on facebook showed me his privates and asked to see mine.Pervert. — srkj rife … Continue reading

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 06:23:53 +0000

Update Your Rss Subscription For Open Thinking?
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Hey there, I’ve been using Feedburner to handle my RSS feed for many years now. Unfortunately, the tool hasn’t been updated for many years and it causes problems when people want to use my content with (relatively) newer services. So, … Continue reading

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:48:09 +0000