Thousand Oaks Acorn: Volunteers break down barriers to learning from home

Thousand Oaks Acorn: Volunteers break down barriers to learning from home. “Making it clear she was asking as a private individual and not as an employee of the school district, Conejo Valley Unified Assistant Superintendent Lisa Miller took to social media seeking volunteers to build frames to drape a sheet over as a way to provide families with privacy during online instruction. The recruitment effort started after Miller, who oversees programs to help marginalized and high-need students, learned from the Latino advocacy organization Adelante Conejo Communidad that some students would not join their required Zoom classes because of what the computer cameras revealed of their home environments.”

Esquire: The Crushing Reality of Zoom School

Esquire: The Crushing Reality of Zoom School. “Every choice has been terrible since the start of the pandemic, when we were told we had to choose life or an economy, a false dichotomy from the start—mass death and sickness are also bad for the economy—but the awful choices we face as parents at the start of school feel especially difficult because we’re all burnt out. The idea of facing all of this for one more day, let alone the seemingly endless months ahead, feels basically impossible. The pandemic balancing act for parents—choose two: your kids, your job, or your health—has always been difficult, but six months in it’s in full collapse.”

The Verge: Alleged Twitter teen hacker’s hearing got zoombombed big time

The Verge: Alleged Twitter teen hacker’s hearing got zoombombed big time. “Judge Christopher Nash spent more time rapidly force-ejecting trolls than he did delivering his decision — which, by the way, was to keep Clark’s bail at $725,000, over six times the $117,000 in bitcoin he’s said to have gotten from the Twitter scam. While the judge did have to approve each attendee that joined, there was no way for him to tell from their usernames that they weren’t journalists or well-meaning members of the public, and he explained that Florida is supposed to allow them to attend.”

Bleeping Computer: Persuasive Office 365 phishing uses fake Zoom suspension alerts

Bleeping Computer: Persuasive Office 365 phishing uses fake Zoom suspension alerts. “Microsoft Office 365 users are targeted by a new phishing campaign using fake Zoom notifications to warn those who work in corporate environments that their Zoom accounts have been suspended, with the end goal of stealing Office 365 logins.”

CNET: Rickroll service spices up Zoom meetings with Never Gonna Give You Up

CNET: Rickroll service spices up Zoom meetings with Never Gonna Give You Up. “Zoom fatigue is real. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed much of the world into endless loops of virtual meetings, but there is a light in the Zoom darkness. Creative technologist Matt Reed has created a Rickrolling service that summons Rick Astley and his catchy Never Gonna Give You Up hit into your Zoom meetings.”

BBC: Microsoft and Zoom join Hong Kong data ‘pause’

BBC: Microsoft and Zoom join Hong Kong data ‘pause’. “Microsoft and Zoom have said they will not process data requests made by the Hong Kong authorities while they take stock of a new security law. They follow Facebook, Google, Twitter and the chat app Telegram, which had already announced similar ‘pauses’ in compliance over the past two days.”

The Register: How do you run a military court over Zoom? With 28 bullet points and a ceremonial laptop flunkey, of course!

The Register: How do you run a military court over Zoom? With 28 bullet points and a ceremonial laptop flunkey, of course!. “A bizarre new court protocol for sentencing military criminals over Zoom includes instructions for the ceremonial carrying of a laptop and webcam in and out of the courtroom. In no fewer than 28 bullet points the UK’s Military Court Service, ( MCS) which deals with officers, soldiers, sailors and airmen accused of crimes, has set out its protocol for using videoconferencing to sentence guilty military lawbreakers.”

BetaNews: Zoom relents and agrees to give free users end-to-end encryption

BetaNews: Zoom relents and agrees to give free users end-to-end encryption. “In a blog post [Zoom CEO Eric] Yuan says that the company has ‘identified a path forward that balances the legitimate right of all users to privacy and the safety of users on our platform’. He goes on to explain that this means end-to-end encryption will be offered to everyone as an add-on.”

Bangkok Post: Shuttered Zoom accounts raise China free speech fears

Bangkok Post: Shuttered Zoom accounts raise China free speech fears. “Several Zoom meetings involving Chinese users were ‘disrupted’, the video messaging app acknowledged Thursday, after activists in the United States and Hong Kong revealed discussions on the platform of Beijing’s deadly Tiananmen crackdown had been closed down.”

BetaNews: You need to take action if you want to avoid being cut off from Zoom

BetaNews: You need to take action if you want to avoid being cut off from Zoom. “Zoom 5.0 came out of Zoom’s 90-day focus on security updates, and one of the key improvements was the addition of GCM encryption. But to take advantage of this security feature, and others, people need to be using the latest version of the software. As such, it is important that you update your Zoom client, or you risk being cut out of meetings completely.”

‘Zoom fatigue’ is setting in: What it is and how to prevent it (CBC)

CBC: ‘Zoom fatigue’ is setting in: What it is and how to prevent it. “Although the term may not be found in psychology textbooks, some psychologists say the condition has become all too common in the COVID-19 era, with so many people working from home and holding meetings through video conferencing applications such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet or Cisco Webex. The fatigue can stem from any such software.”

The Cut: How to Make a Realistic Duplicate of Your Head and Face (for Zoom)

The Cut: How to Make a Realistic Duplicate of Your Head and Face (for Zoom). “Wouldn’t you love a guilt-free break from Zooming? Try to imagine it. The ability to have a single night’s relief from screaming into a computer during an ultimately dispiriting facsimile of a ‘hang-out’ with your friends or loved ones, without the stigma that accompanies turning down the invitation. The ability to act as a sounding board for your in-laws’ thoughts about lifting isolation restrictions, without having to be a sounding board for your in-laws’ thoughts about lifting isolation restrictions. The ability to present an attentive audience for your boss during a ‘meeting,’ while you just close your eyes or lie on the ground or do literally anything else, for the love of God. Believe me when I tell you: I can bring you this relief.”

UC Today: Otter. ai Launches Meeting Transcriptions for Zoom

UC Today: Otter. ai Launches Meeting Transcriptions for Zoom. “With the new tool out by Otter.ai, Zoom users can open a secure, interactive transcripts directly from video conferences, both during, and after meetings. The company’s new interactive transcriptions come at a time where remote work is more prevalent than ever before. Industries such as distance learning, healthcare, sales, and customer support now depend on video conferencing tools like Zoom.”

FBI: FBI Warns of Child Sexual Abuse Material Being Displayed During Zoom Meetings

FBI: FBI Warns of Child Sexual Abuse Material Being Displayed During Zoom Meetings. “The COVID-19 crisis has caused many organizations and schools to conduct virtual meetings/events, some of which are open to the public. Additionally, links to many virtual events are being shared online, resulting in a lack of vetting of approved participants. During the last few months, the FBI has received more than 195 reports of incidents throughout the United States and in other countries in which a Zoom participant was able to broadcast a video depicting child sexual abuse material (CSAM). The FBI considers this activity to be a violent crime, as every time child sexual abuse material is viewed, the depicted child is re-victimized. Furthermore, anyone who inadvertently sees child sexual abuse material depicted during a virtual event is potentially a victim as well.”

New York Times: Son Stabs Father 15 Times on Zoom Call, Killing Him, Prosecutors Say

New York Times: Son Stabs Father 15 Times on Zoom Call, Killing Him, Prosecutors Say. “A 32-year-old Long Island man was arrested and charged with murder on Thursday after fatally stabbing his father more than a dozen times while he was on a Zoom video chat with about 20 people, the authorities said. The father, Dwight Powers, 72, had been participating in the Zoom call at his home on Dixon Avenue in Amityville, N.Y., when he was attacked by his son Thomas Scully-Powers, just after noon on Thursday, the Suffolk County Police Department said.”