Friday Five for August 26, 2022

Following is a list of things BruinTechs should know and share with others:

1. 2022-2023 BruinTech Executive Board Nominations

We are now accepting nominations for the 2022-2023 BruinTech Executive Board.

This is a rewarding opportunity to strengthen your leadership skills, network across the university, and shape the future of BruinTech event programming.

To nominate yourself or someone else, please complete this form. All submissions must be received no later than end-of-day Monday, September 5th. If you have any questions or comments, please email bruintech@ucla.edu

2022-2023 BruinTech Executive Board Nomination Form

2. This coming Monday: BruinTech Board Election Meet & Greet

Are you thinking about running for the BruinTech Executive Board? Do you know someone who would be a good fit?

Attend the BruinTech Election Meet & Greet! You will have a chance to:
- Learn about the Executive Board positions and upcoming election
- Meet the Executive Board members and hear what they enjoyed about participating in BruinTech
- Ask any questions you may have about BruinTech, the Executive Board positions, and our election.

Monday, August 29
12:00 to 12:45pm

RSVP today

3. 2022 UC Tech Awards winners: Celebrating collaboration, innovation and more

In Aug. 16, 2022, ten teams and three individuals from across the University of California (UC) received 2022 UC Tech Awards at the UC Tech Conference at UC San Diego. The UC Tech Awards recognize individuals and teams in the UC technology community for their contributions to advancing the university’s mission. Continue reading.

4. The metaverse isn’t here yet, but it already has a long history

Nattie’s metaverse romance began with anonymous texting. At first “C” would admit only to living in a nearby town. Nattie eventually learned “Clem” was a man with a solitary office job like hers. For Nattie “lived, as it were, in two worlds” — the world of office tedium and an online world where “she did not lack social intercourse.” Continue reading.

5. Out of sight: the algorithms running our lives / ‘I’m afraid’: critics of anti-cheating technology for students hit by lawsuits

In 2020, a Canadian university employee named Ian Linkletter became increasingly alarmed by a new kind of technology that was exploding in use with the pandemic. It was meant to detect cheating by college and high-school students taking tests at home, and claimed to work by watching students’ movements and analyzing sounds around them through their webcams and microphones to automatically flag suspicious behavior.

So Linkletter accessed a section of the website of one of the anti-cheating companies, named Proctorio, intended only for instructors and administrators. He shared what he found on social media.

Now Linkletter, who became a prominent critic of the technology, has been sued by the company. But he is not the only one. Continue reading.