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8 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. 1.0 - do you think about data?

    • 2. 1.1 - the electric grid and data

    • 3. 1.2 - underwater, look fibre cables!

    • 4. 1.3 - the year of the fake news outlets

    • 5. 1.4 - the future of advertising and you

    • 6. 1.5 - take part in the project

    • 7. 1.6 - the roundup

    • 8. 1.7 - share, review and go premium?

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flick a light switch and the power comes on.

have you ever asked your kids the question about where that comes from, where power comes from and how it gets to where we are. what makes that power, what does it take to make that power, how much it costs, why we cannot see it.

data, is very similar to power. it's the process of the up and down of everything we do in the digital world. just reading this text took a process of me uploading this text via my keyboard and clicking on save draft to move my text up into the internet, the data stream allowed that to happen. i was moving invisible to our eye information into the cloud.

we need an open conversation about data and our kids.

they need to have an idea, a rough outline, a barometer of how things 'work' in the digital sphere. i believe their futures depend on it, we have to be brand advocates to our children when it comes to teaching them about information and data, how it works, where it comes from, how it's made and ultimately how to cross reference that information.

in this course then. . .

  • do you kids know where electricity and electric comes from? data?
  • starting conversation with the light switch - the things we cannot see.
  • understanding how to talk about fibre cabling and routing of data
  • data can be manipulated, how we can learn to cross reference information
  • the future of you in advertising, metrics, analytics and work

i'm going to building a much bigger course next year, breaking down this conversation into a better, well formed course about steps we can take to educate as we go, so they can take part and share in dialog about this brave new, on demand and live streaming world. . .

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Philip Campbell

web3, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow


brand new for 2022 | let's decentralize our content into web 3

i'm an internet strategist teaching anyone that wants to efficiently learn digital skills and tools often with free software based in the cloud - twenty-five plus years of expertise with all things digital and covering the latest trends today (and weekly in our podcast!)

I make courses as often as i can (in between blogging daily that is) my courses are about things I've learned or already done online -- i never make a course about skills I don't have yet!



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1. 1.0 - do you think about data?: Okay, then, Day 24 Christmas Eve, I'm getting closer to the end of the month. I'm getting quite excited about finishing, actually, because it's been a hell of a month putting courses out every single day. Do your kids know where electricity comes from when they hit the power switch in the house ? When they flick a light switch, do they realize what goes on behind the scenes to make that happen? I think we have a similar conversation to have with data. This is what we're going to get into today on Christmas Eve. Believe it. No, it should be out probably doing these courses and dedicated to the Advent calendar of December 2060. This is how I got talking about data and my daughter started conversation with the light switch. The things that we cannot see date data is very much invisible, like electricity. So I kind of tried to link the two together. We have a power station near to where we live as well, so we can go out and physically see it and talk about it and see what's going on with it. The colon, everything. Trying to explain to about where data comes from to feed the iPad app that she's playing on has been a very, very interesting conversation, understanding how to talk about five or cabling and routing of data around the world. You don't realize that the servers all around the world that would connect to it just happens. You go to a browser and things just pop up there. Wanted to explain behind the scenes with that also wanted to talk about the most important part of why I want my daughter to learn about data and that is data can be manipulated. How we can learn to cross reference that information, how we have all this fake news these days, how supposedly it is tipping the favor of voting and poll. So I wanted to get into that really about data. But you have to start somewhere, right? The future of you in advertising metrics, analytics and work. This is gonna have a profound effect on the world in the next couple of years, let alone in 10 years time when my daughter will be in early twenties. All right, then, so let's get into the course 2. 1.1 - the electric grid and data: So when we flick on the lights, which we get light, we get power. It's invisible. So how do you go about explaining that to nine year old? Even less than that? How do you even explain how data works when you can't physically see it? You can see lights flashing on enough, but you can't explain to them that information's traveling down a wire in light in a fibre wire. Communicate with service in such a time frame that it's hard to comprehend as human beings . And how is that is possible? So there's a lot of physics involved. There's a lot of data. There's a lot of information data about data, believe it or not. So it was really difficult to get started with that conversation of a daughter always got a blank look back, but just talking about how electricity gets here. The power station, the power lines, the cables really opened up a dialogue about data on how computers work and why things are slow and especially being in the countryside like I am why it's slower here than it is in the city. So I think it's a good starting points. A good correlation points to talk about? Well, how do you think the the power for the light comes from flicking that lights, which what's happening? And it's interesting to see their minds unravel everything. Understanding the power stations was an interesting one for me and my daughter about the raw materials that were needed to go into that power station or different types of power station, which is kind of slow, medium fast lanes of the Internet. In terms of data wise, it's slower in the country. Why is it faster in the city and how they function? You know how a power station functions, the waste that comes out off the power stations correlating the two together made it a lot easier because it's one thing that they use every single day. Not to say that she doesn't use data every single day in our life doesn't have a smartphone like we do using data every single day. But she does use power every single day. Just flick of power switch. Just put a toaster on. She just like things around the house, things around a school that involved power. So it was an interesting conversation starter making it fun while still sharing as attention deficit really sets in. Especially my daughter. She's she's got less than 100 void characters of attention when it comes to talking about things like because it's over a serious and very adult. But you can do it slowly, slowly and surely, if you kind of ask the rational the reasoning behind Well, how do you think that iPad works in terms of getting a data update? I need to update Pokemon Go. Why do I need to update poke among that? Where's that coming from? What server is it sitting on? What's different? What's changed? Washington They Why is it coming down slower over 40 compared to being a WiFi? There's lots of cross referencing points that you can throw in here, and eventually, when we start programming, I think it will make it a lot easier to connect. What we talk about now toe the programming side because the program inside is actually what makes the date to talk between places, you know, the program sends packets of data out on those packets, come back when we get a response. So I think trying to open up how programs function rather than just took in an iPad or a kid and saying, There you go play for as many hours as you want, seeing my door to be out, take creative control, a creative idea. And to apply that at this early age would be would be awesome. And that's that's kind of what I'm trying to spread in this data course. Really? Power output versus power loss. Garbage in garbage out. Very similar. You see where I'm going with this? With the electricity and the power stations and data. If you put crappy data and you get crappy data out power loss with power stations, you know they lose probably 40% of the power output that comes out the power station due to the cabling due to various substation loss, various things that happen with the power output is very similar. To weigh the date works today and get you onto that conversation. Eventually about DDOs about denial of service attacks. Why do services go down? Why is this website slow to life? Why is the YouTube video buffering? So it's all about those data ones and zeros. So it's a it's a lot bigger than just being out to give them a a small little answer because it was so entrenched with power and energy and consumption and data every single day, very difficult to drill down to the minute shit without it being really boring. And they don't they don't. You know, you don't get that instantaneous result out of it because so many factors involved with it . And so that's why in 2017 humidors, we're going to sit down programming that led lights turn on enough that one's and zero's creating simple data, simple data packages at a low level, I think is gonna be It's gonna be great to watch is going great to watch, to see how she adapt, how she applies herself creatively and to see what direction she wants to go in. I think she'll be very Alteon creative. I don't see it being a programmer, but I wanted to give it a early start, and I think maths is a huge area of this being Evel. To calculate an algorithm or build an algorithm does a certain set of functions. He just I just think the liberation that that unlocks in a human brain in terms of being l'd toe adapter situations is hugely valuable. So the conversation about data is something that I wanna have bigger in 2017. So I would love to know if you are having these dialogues with your kids. 3. 1.2 - underwater, look fibre cables!: Let's quickly talk about undersea cables like fiber cable, cause this is a big point as well. I think this is a little bit more visual. I think kids like the visual side of it rather than the technical details in a minute, Sure of it. So these air fibre cables on the left hand side, here at the bottom. They're all different fiber cables that obviously they all have light blinking down them. The first submarine communication was laid in the 18 fifties believe, and I had no idea it was that early, and you can see these colored lines here all over this map. These are undersea cables that connect the various parts of the world and these cables pretty reliable in terms of the last around 2025 years, and you can pump a lot of information through them. Even now, you just have to upgrade the boxes on either end to actually send that that light down on the data faster submarine cable map dot com gives us a list off the cables that are out there in a moment in the world. As of 2014 there was 285 and 22 of them are dark cables. Whenever a cable doesn't have fiber data going down, it's called a dark table, and it has to be lit on. The idea of being late is that you have two boxes on either end that send the data down. That light pulses down there, and when a fiber line is connected, it is considered that it's lit. But these cables last around 25 years before they need maintenance for they need repairing . Believe it or not, sharks try and eat the cables. Yes, they nor on the cables. They have a thing about these undersea cables. I guess they just don't lie like the's. Big lumping cables sit in their 8000 feet, and so they just sit there and nor on them a little bit. Also, we've had problems happen in Australia, where boats have dropped anchor in port and sliced through the Internet For the country that that has happened, do a search on Google for that obviously got things like natural disasters that obviously happened all over the world at different times, and I've read a really interesting report about the Cold War and in the early eighties, that they used to put these boxes onto the cable lines and listen in on all of the traffic between countries, and I'm wondering if that is the standard procedure these days in our era, researchers have developed optical fibers that can transmit 99.7% the speed of light. We have got some incredible technology happening all the time seems to be an area that is always getting faster and faster from gigabit to 10. Gigabit 100 gigabit were literally challenging ourselves to go faster and faster and move this data around. It almost comes across is like being real time, and you were connecting countries together that all 13,000 miles apart. It's just incredible. The underlying system that runs our data information networks, Space X, Google, Facebook, they all want to bring us satellite Internet through all, trying to put stuff in the skies rather than under the sea. There is one company right now called one Web, who's just invested $1 billion it from Soft Bank, a company called Softbank, which has made a lot of money over the last 10 15 years, and I think that will be the next big explosion is the hard to areas in the world that don't have connectivity. We will have this almost Lobel layer off this satellite internet. And they're also trying to put boxes in space for satellite Internet as well to communicate between different projects that they're gonna be putting up there is gonna be a fascinating time in terms of the next five or 10 years on planet Earth. Not that it hasn't been fascinating up to them to now, in the last 42 years of my life. But the world that my daughter that your Children are going into is gonna be radically different from the one that we've been in terms off information will be really time, and it will be on demand faster than we've ever imagined it to be. 4. 1.3 - the year of the fake news outlets: So let's get into cross reference in and news a little bit. 2016 I think so far has been known as the Year of Fake News with fake digital advertising. There was big but network been discovered recently for additional advertising that was making anywhere between three million and five million daily in revenues from bought ads. And a lot of those bots weren't even seen by humans. So we have all of this misinformation floating around the Web, and lots of people believe it. Lots of people are sharing it, actually overriding the social media. So this this to me was the thing that I kind of predicted toe happen, which was the rise of anti social media. And this is it in full effect. Now, advertising networks are using get tainting that network to actually make money off it from butts and adverts that not even human beings of seeing. It's just this digital machine that's pumping out, creating money, advertises, losing out on. There's gonna be a lot done on news referencing and cross referencing. We're going to start to move away from social and back to almost an analog journalistic smarts where you have to cross reference from lots of different services before you could put it out. And there's gonna be a lot of algorithms going to a lot of money thrown on the table to fix this problem, or at least alleviate the problems that good news rises to the top. And it has to be in a timely fashion. That's been the problem is a lot of this stuff has come out and got to the surface because people love this idea of being able to just promote fake news. They love to be able to make money on it. They love to sensationalize that. Ultimately, it started to affect the way we were as a global civilization. So it's having knock on effects, profound effects in terms of elections, the actual proper news. Getting out cross referencing information is a powerful skill, anyway, that I believe we should teach our Children and very quickly they really do need to know about this in their teenage years, earlier, if possible. If they're willing to listen before they start getting onto the social networks around their teens about 12 13 14 start getting into stuff where they're chatting to remote people , they're gonna be moving into a world where they have devices that have geo location and tracking on. And I'm desperately desperately hoping that we can informa's many of the next generation as to how to cross reference the information that they see that they're involved with and that they can go to a adult, not feel embarrassed to ask questions about things before something dangerous happens. I really want to make sure that we get that across the kids. It's a reason why I put this date, of course, together, even just a day before Christmas Day is kind of a very important thing for me. Before we all start to get devices tomorrow augmented reality, virtual reality and a I come along, How will we know what is really not? That's kind of an area that I never considers a teenager tohave toe Be concerned about worry about what am I looking at? Do I believe it? Is it relevant to me? How did White cross reference it? How did I not make a split decision on it? We have to be articulate enough as human beings that stand back and make a well formed decision about instead of on imports decision, which might be the wrong one, and Custer's Mawr than just money that causes our life in some situations. Understanding reputation management to, I think, is gonna be a big plus in terms of the way that we create and consume our media, online and digital channels. 5. 1.4 - the future of advertising and you: so advertising. I believe that advertising will be powered by I. It will be this Raisi very targeted information that is aggregated from our social channels a CV, the content that we put out YouTube and Vimeo videos that we put out. Those will be listened to for sentiment analysis in terms of working out if we're healthy. There's all kinds of different technologies out there now that can work out. People are lying, fake somebody's face and be on somebody else's body and talk like them. You know, there's all kinds of things bubbling up are now going to be powered by computers that were never around 5 10 years ago. On the degree they are now slowly getting into the hands of people who can afford even a midsize to high range computer, which have lowered in price drastically. You can do some of these things now, so I think advertising will be powered on this expanding data points. The more content we put out, the more we share in our APS, The more photos them or social media we put out, it's all trackable sentiment analyzed it can put is in a dangerous situation, especially if we were imports buying at certain times at the end of the month. Christmas holidays, Birthdays We want something that right price, and they can adjust it in real time. Really have to be a strong individual to be able to not get sucked into this advertising system. Metrics that give you a point school could open and close doors, especially when it comes to help. If you're healthy enough, you're going hiking and fit, Nurse or you're not doing fitness. Will that have a profound effect on a car insurer or a health insurer? Will that close the doors on certain health companies or open doors on others? Will we have insurance policies that lapse because of something that we put out on social media? How will that affect is in the future? I feel like the more data points they have honors the mall. They'll be able to do the changes, communicate them in real time analytics that feed data silos for insurance, housing career paths as a teenager growing got going for their first job, that sort of 16 17 Will there be able to get car insurance? Will about to get housing will be out to even go a certain route of career will be have to be a scientist or a doctor, depending on the social content that exists out there. Will levy systems automate the interviewing process? Will they even get an interview? I saw a great set off documentaries. Will kind of documentary, but many films I guy makes these things called Black Mirror suggest you do a search for Google for Black Mirror and watch recent Siri's. I think some of this stuff on there really rings. True. Working for additional company will start to foster. I believe more aggressive social media codes of conduct. You won't be able to go to a job interview and not be quizzed on some of the things that you put out on social media. It doesn't matter how long ago that you put him out there. They still exist somewhere cross referenced on the Web. A lot of this stuff, as you know, is getting archived and backed up. If you're jobless and you're going to the job centre, will you still have to just fill in or take a formal? They already have a pre made based on your social media output. Are they tracking you in terms of What are you doing? Could be doing. Could you be volunteering in the area? These attentional possible futures. One skill will be to understand how to micro manage your digital footprint effectively. How to protect your digital silos of information. I think if you're gonna teach somebody a data skill gonna teach kids or you gonna teach teenagers about data, this is the one area should be. How to micromanage all of those different factors. All of those different social platforms. When to put stuff out how to put stove out. What's personal? What's business, what should be seen by others. What should be just one toe one or into a small group or completely public? Are your public profiles open for everybody to be able to see? 6. 1.5 - take part in the project: All right, then. Five step projects go to your project in the bar below. Part Awesome. Project title in the project. Works based. Be creative. Include pictures and the steps you took. Tell me about your data. Your data experiments. Do you talk to your kids about data T? Are you concerned about them using the iPad for hours and hours on end? Do you limit their screen time on their TV? IPad phone, whatever. It may be that they've got a screen on. Do you limit that time? Do you have that conversation about power, electricity? That sort of commonalities between the two. I would love to know. Let me know in the project. Pick a sweet cover image if you don't have one, go over to Nomad Doc Pictures. Grab a CC zero creative Commons picture. Stick it on, click on save and you're done. 7. 1.6 - the roundup: all right, then, the roundup. I realize I only touched the surface with this. These are the things that I worry about think about as we move faster and faster and are more connected around the world, especially when it comes to kids, because I don't know lots of stuff out there on the Internet, and she's moving into this world and should be coming back and asking me the questions, which I need to be kind of on top of. And so I think one of the areas that's always been nagging at me ever since she's been born was about data. And what kind of world of data that she'll move into everything these days is a data point who owns that data point really, really matters. You either control it or somebody else does, and that comes down to your identity and your data silos. What's public and what's private, what's encrypted and what's know everything digital our kids and teenagers do online today can affect their future, especially when we archive everything. Can you imagine them going to a job interview in 10 years time? And they've got the last 10 years of their data from playing games online from being on Facebook, MySpace, whatever their my space is of the moment videos that they put out on YouTube, all that stuff can be aggregated together. It could be points scored. They may even not even get an interview that might just got a letter saying, Sorry you weren't fit for the job. We have to be micro managers of our data, and I believe we have to carry that forward and give that to our kids and let them know how the Internet works have technology, how data moves around and how it can influence the world's decision making. Have you enjoyed this course? And it gave you something to think about A really want you to enjoy and have amazing Christmas Day on day. I will catch you soon. I hope you've been following along. All the Advent calendars would love you to tech premium access. It's 99 cents for three months, online training, Doc click forward slash me and I will see you tomorrow on Christmas Day 8. 1.7 - share, review and go premium?: while I have you enjoyed the course, Please share and review the course. It really does. Help me out. Click on the triple dot button. Leave a review shared with Twitter and Facebook. I'll catch up with you.