Cathie LeBlanc Notes

Coding Chrome Extensions

Let’s talk about browser extensions, or more specifically how to build your first Chrome extension. I went to a class a few weeks ago where we had a lot of fun creating this very silly extension with a few lines of code. I thought I would share it, so you all can try it out…

AI Algorithms and Bias

Their research set out to prove that the method of input used to teach a machine learning an algorithm can greatly influence its later behavior. The scientists argued that when algorithms are accused of being biased or unfair, such as the high-profile cases of Facebook news or Google Photos, "the culprit is often not the algorithm itself but the…

Adding Post-Kinds

Adding a new Post Kind primarily consists of three broad pieces  which I’ll address below. The modularity of the plugin makes adding most of the internals for a new kind far simpler than one might imagine. via Manually adding a new post kind to the Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress

Intro to the IndieWeb

The purpose of the IndieWeb movement is to help put you in control of your web presence, allow you a more true sense of ownership of your content, and to allow you to be better connected to your friends, family, colleagues, and communities. via An Introduction to the IndieWeb

How Higher Ed Can Save the Web

If the web was indeed a revolution, it sometimes seems to have entered its Reign of Terror phase. But the resolution doesn't lie in a return to the equivalent of the monarchy—the old gatekeepers of institutional knowledge and power. That path leads to another Napoleon. Rather, the same higher education institutions whose hierarchy and gatekeeping…

Pedagogy and Platforms

Another aspect of my teaching is rethinking the notion of "consent." It's important to ask: What would the web look like if surveillance capitalism, information asymmetry, and digital redlining were not at the root of most of what students do online? We don't know the answer. But if higher education is to "save the web,"…

Digital Sanctuary

We in higher education need to seriously consider how we think about and handle student data, and we need to respectfully and empathetically acknowledge where our practices may cause harm. I believe we must advance our institutions as "digital sanctuaries," and I have proposed an evolving set of seven strategies to do so. via Digital…