Monday, June 06, 2011

Twitter is no place for coursework cheats?

In a post titled Fighting plagiarism and defending academic integrity, one Matthew Tuttle recounts an interesting story of students making a request through Twitter for anthropologists to contact the students if professionals "want to make some money" for doing coursework .

The request is itself interesting. However, there was also a Sikahema issue. One of the solicitors, one @BeatrixKiddo27, deleted her account and changed her webpage address once she realised she had been called out. In this particular case, someone else had saved enough information to work back to identify the people involved. However, in another situation, the information, once there, might have vanished. Sort of like Sikahema's "Rutgers is Wrong" piece.

***Separately, in an AP story on 6 June 2011 titled Weiner admits he sent lewd picture; won't quit , one has the issue of a "no longer used" Facebook account:

The celebrity website said a woman claimed to have 200 sexually explicit messages from Weiner through a Facebook account that Weiner no longer uses.

AP also noted: Anthony Weiner confessed Monday [June 6] that he tweeted a bulging-underpants photo of himself to a young woman and admitted to "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after getting married. He apologized for lying but said he would not resign.

Although the initial story was "a hacker did it," the truth appears to be that Weiner did it. Contemplate the future of electronic prior art in patent law.

AND, in Woman Who Corresponded With Weiner: He Said He Was Stalking Me :

Weiner "almost immediately" added Broussard as a Facebook friend through his personal profile account, she said. And she accepted his request. According to Broussard, the two immediately began messaging through Facebook chat, eventually exchanging "hundreds of messages," many of a sexual nature.


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