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[liberationtech] Fwd: Now Anyone Can Create Their Own Personalized Alexa Skill in Just Minutes

Christian Pietsch christian.pietsch+liberationtech at
Mon Apr 23 08:50:39 PDT 2018

Hi Phil,
hi all,

as it happens, Amazon's Alexa received a Big Brother Award in Germany
last Friday. The laudation is available in English, too:

Other negative awards went to Microsoft for unstoppable telemetry in
Windows 10 <>
and to the “Smart Cities” concept because it ‘is the perfect combination
of the totalitarian police state in George Orwell’s “1984” and the
standardised, only seemingly free consumers in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave
New World”’ <>.

Thanks to Thomas for pointing out a good alternative for your purpose.


On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 09:22:06AM -0400, Phil Shapiro wrote:
> This looks like an interesting way to get students to think of themselves as digital creators. (see below) 
> I do not own an Alexa device and am wary of privacy issues in general. At the same time, I think there 
> are ways of using this device that do not raise privacy concerns. 
> I like the idea of students making up their own Trivia Game questions. These questions could be easy, 
> medium, or difficult. 

Christian Pietsch | volunteering for Digitalcourage at night
Digitalcourage e.V.:
Big Brother Awards Germany:
How to avoid Google:

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