Universities are working hard to keep their students in the classroom rather than out starting their own business; private prisons receive tons of taxpayer dollars but can operate under secrecy; meanwhile, anti-terrorist agencies try to entrap activists to demonstrate that the policing organizations are needed. These discoveries and more below.
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Harvard, MIT Launch MOOC Student Visualization Tools
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the two institutions behind the massive open online course provider edX, recently released a set of tools that visualize the age, gender, location and level of education of their almost 2 million MOOC users.