Transparent Information: An Endangered Species of Digital Citizenship

Jenny Balliet
9 min readJun 25, 2020

School Resource Officers v. digital citizens, a lesson on data: “Truth Machine” or Trojan Horse?

This is part Two of #ThePenIsMightierThanTheSword

Truth or Dare? A World Without Transparency

As an Education advocate, I have worked with many inspiring students of all ages and their passionate families. One trend I have noticed is that many students struggle with writing according to their “data.” Writing is one of the best tools we can use to boost students’ skills across verticals and subject domains because it taps into critical thinking and logical reasoning. Most students simply need a spark to ignite their curiosity to realize writing has a purpose beyond Comm. Arts in school. When we chat about what interests them and I am able to nudge them towards writing on anything their hearts’ desire, I have noticed it is a bit overwhelming for them. But, when I ask them if there is something they would like to investigate in their Social Media feed, BOOM, we are off to the races! In Part One of The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword, we looked at FOIA requests. But what if you seek information on Technology? Well, my friends, read on!

Much of the news cycle today is slanted or rather “chooses” to highlight certain narratives that perhaps may sell more ad space. We all fall prey to this at times, myself included. This reality only underscores both the need for transparent news and for significant and sustained education surrounding veracity, including how to locate primary sources of data that go beyond libraries and the ”Interwebz of content.”[41]

Part One of The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword | Video

How to fight lies, tricks,and chaos online [41]

FOIA: Technology Platforms Not Precisely Included, Note Precisely

Many of the questions I receive from students surrounds Bullying and Harassment. Much of this concerns Cyberbullying with respect to technology. I offer general information on bullying and the intersection of the First Amendment for students in this article.[4] Technology platforms are exempt from the…

Jenny Balliet

Frmr. Dir. of Presentations, Athena.Trade | E Media Group | Educator|ADD/ADHD Coach |M.Ed. |Writer | MLAW |Founder of MinED & Lula & CO|Mom (14yo Gmer./Writer)