29 janvier 2020

ALA Rethinks ‘Free Speech Zone’

HomeBy Lindsay McKenzie. The American Library Association raised eyebrows last week with a proposal to create a “designated area for the expression of social beliefs” at its upcoming midwinter meeting in Philadelphia. More...

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28 janvier 2020

UNESCO Supports Development and Free Distribution of World Class Educational Materials

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. UNESCO Supports Development and Free Distribution of World Class Educational Materials
UNESCO has signed a deal to support Curriki (White paper), "an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them." I hope that UNESCO will sign similar agreements with similar organizations - the Wikiversity (history) comes immediately to mind. More...

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Freedom Sticks For The Classroom

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Freedom Sticks For The Classroom
This is a great story of how one teacher used simple technology - an AirPort and some USB sticks - to get around the IT limitations in schools that blocked useful emails and locked them into Internet Explorer. 'Distributing these USB sticks to teachers is done as an interim measure. For now, this will allow these teachers to get to many great resources and will allow them to use powerful Web 2.0 tools". More...

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New, Free Miss America Browser Aims to Keep Kids Safe On the Internet

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. New, Free Miss America Browser Aims to Keep Kids Safe On the Internet
Um, what? " The browser permits access to 10,318 Web sites, all of which were prescreened and determined to be kid-friendly by the Miss America Organization and the Children's Educational Network, which developed the software for it." I wonder whether the now-famous Miss South Carolina video is on the list. Probably not. More...

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Why Open Source Misses the Point of Free Software

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Why Open Source Misses the Point of Free Software
Richard Stallman writes, "The rhetoric of open source has convinced many businesses and individuals to use, and even develop, free software, which has extended our community-but only at the superficial, practical level. The philosophy of open source, with its purely practical values, impedes understanding of the deeper ideas of free software; it brings many people into our community, but does not teach them to defend it." I think I am mostly on the side of 'free software', as opposed to 'open source software', as discussed in this article, because I see this as a matter of ethics, not programming efficiency. But as I have written before, my ethics are derived from my science, which could be interpreted as a question of efficiency. More...

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Brazil's Minister of Culture Calls for Free Digital Society

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Brazil's Minister of Culture Calls for Free Digital Society
Gilberto Gil, a musician and social activist who became Brazil's minister of Culture, called for "the freedom to use and republish digital forms of content as a way of encouraging personal expression, culture and political participation" at a conference at MIT. Today's digital technologies represent a fantastic opportunity for democratizing access to knowledge," Gil said. More...

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Buy a Laptop for a Child, Get Another Laptop Free

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Buy a Laptop for a Child, Get Another Laptop Free
The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project has taken the long expected step of making the XO computers available to consumers under a program that allows people to buy one for themselves while funding the purchase of one for a developing nation. More...

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21 janvier 2020

Free Thinking : Enseignements tirés des survivants de l'esclavage moderne – Deuxième partie

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "epale europe epale.ec.europa.eu"Dans la première partie, j'ai expliqué que l'une des choses les plus importantes que j'avais apprises au cours des 18 derniers mois était que l'esclavage reste une industrie florissante. J'ai également tiré d'autres enseignements importants, notamment que les survivants se heurtent à des obstacles qui entravent leur rétablissement et que personne n'est prédestiné à être victime d'esclavage. Plus...

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Edu2.0 - Free Hosted LMS (or VLE)

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Edu2.0 - Free Hosted LMS (or VLE)
Zaid Ali Alsagoff reviews the new edu 2.0 web-based education site. "First of all, their system is web-hosted and free; you don't have to download any software or manage your own servers. Second, their Resources section allows you to graphically browse thousands of community-contributed resources by topic; you can even upload your own resources and they will host them for you. Third, their unique personalized learning system allows students to study at their own pace and track their progress against a chosen curriculum". More...

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20 janvier 2020

Shrinking space for freedom of peaceful assembly

Conseil de l'EuropeOver the last year, protests have multiplied across the planet, from Chile to Hong-Kong. Europe is not left out of this wave of demonstrations. Protests are taking different forms, from large and repeated demonstrations to the occupation of public places and spontaneous assemblies. The use of social media is also transforming the way assemblies are organised and managed. More...

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