14 février 2018

Canada’s SOPA Moment: Why the CRTC Should Reject the Bell Coalition’s Dangerous Internet Blocking Plan

Canada’s SOPA Moment: Why the CRTC Should Reject the Bell Coalition’s Dangerous Internet Blocking Plan
Michael Geist, 2018/02/02
Michael Geist is arguing against a proposal this week from Canadian telecom and media companies that would allow them to block websites. "The coalition’s proposal raises serious legal concerns," he writes. "It envisions the creation of a new, not-for-profit organization that would be responsible for identifying sites to block... The courts would remarkably be left out of the process." And the telecoms have a history of overreach. More...

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Information affordances: Studying the information processing activities of the core Occupy actors on Twitter

Information affordances: Studying the information processing activities of the core Occupy actors on Twitter
Sikana Tanupabrungsun, Jeff Hemsley, Bryan Semaan, First Monday, 2018/02/02
In research and design my focus is more on creating affordances than outcomes. This allows for the creation of different outcomes by different people, in different contexts. It's also, I think, a better basis for the study of media. This paper offers a good example. It examines how the affordances offered by Twitter influenced leadership and activism in Occupy Wall Street. More...

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Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source
David Wiley, OER18, Association for Learning Technology, 2018/02/02
David Wiley candidly admits that this history is written from his own point of view, which is a good thing, because my experience of these events was very different. For example, in the mid-1990s, when Wiley was working on an ISP startup, I was working on a FreeNet. I had been using and creating non-commercial shareware (including most especially extensive BBS systems and MUDLibs) for years by the time open source advocates gathered to launch the movement in 1998. More...

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Return of the MOOCs

Return of the MOOCs
Mene Ukueberuwa, City Journal, 2018/02/02
This article offers a bit of a history of MOOCs but is mostly (starting about a third of the way in ) an article about the Modern States "freshman year for free" project (no explanation why they couldn't use the long-established gender-neutral term 'frosh', as in 'frosh year for free', or even 'first year for free'). It's marketing. More...

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University defends awarding of PhD to Grace Mugabe

The vice-chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe has defended the awarding of a PhD to Grace Mugabe for her work on orphanages. The former first lady’s thesis has been subject to intense scrutiny since it was posted on the university’s website last month, with critics saying it falls far short of the normal standard required for a doctorate, reports Eyewitness NewsMore...

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Struggling universities advised to merge for survival

The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, has advised private universities having challenges in getting the right numbers for admission to merge in order not to fizzle out, reports Ghana WebMore...

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Two top universities divest from fossil fuels

The University of Edinburgh and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London have separately announced they will both have fully divested from fossil fuels within three years, following up on previous climate action pledges made by the two institutions, writes Michael Holder for BusinessGreenMore...

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Government allocates funds for university reforms

More than MAD70 billion (US$7.6 billion) is reportedly being dedicated to improving material resources and educational conditions for Moroccan university students during the current academic year, said the head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, on 5 February while speaking before the House of Representatives in Rabat, writes Sana Elouazi for Morocco World NewsMore...

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Students demand compensation over lecturer strikes

Students whose studies will be hit by what unions claim will be “the most extensive strike action ever seen” on campuses in the United Kingdom are planning to demand compensation from their universities for disruption to their degrees, writes Sally Weale for The GuardianMore...

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Sub-standard universities will be closed, warns minister

The Mozambican government has repeated its warning that sub-standard institutions of higher education will be forced to close down if they do not improve their performance by October, reports Mozambique News AgencyMore...

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