Friday Link List

1. Google Under Fire for Data-Mining Student Emails {education week}

Oh, Google. Stop it. Now.

As part of a potentially explosive lawsuit making its way through federal court, the giant online-services provider Google has acknowledged scanning the contents of millions of email messages sent and received by student users of the company’s Apps for Education tool suite for schools.

2. Not-So-Private Meta Data {on the media}

Frightening rebuttal to the oft-repeated claim that “it’s just meta data; there’s not much one can learn from that”:

The NSA has defended its controversial surveillance program by arguing that it just collects metadata, and therefore doesn’t violate the privacy of individual Americans. But computer scientists at Stanford Security Lab have conducted their own simulation of the NSA’s program, and found the metadata to be inherently revealing. Bob speaks with Jonathan Mayer, one of the researchers on the project, about how much can be learned just from the numbers.

3. Winnebago Man {official}

Director Ben Steinbauer tracked down the “star” of the first viral video. What follows is one of the best documentaries I’ve seen in awhile. Check out the trailer:

A Book About Twee?

Yes, and it’s by Marc Spitz. In the book, set to be released early this summer, Spitz…

…explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that’s embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee. Via exclusive interviews and years of research, Spitz traces Generation Twee’s roots from the Post War 50s to its dominance in popular culture today.

The “New Books Similar to This One” panel is my favorite part of the synopsis.

Full disclosure: I count the Lucksmiths and Go-Betweens as two of my all-time favorite bands; I enjoy the music of Belle & Sebastian in moderation; I watch Portlandia; listen to the Smiths from time to time; I usually see the latest Wes Anderson film in theaters shortly after its debut; and I often make time for a full episode of This American LifeI do not, however, consider Nirvana “twee.”

Found via {salon}.