25 octobre 2018

eBook DRM and Blockchain play CryptoKitty and Mouse. And the Winner is...

eBook DRM and Blockchain play CryptoKitty and Mouse. And the Winner is...

Eric Hellman, Go To Hellman, 2018/09/18
I have been investigating Crypto-Kitties as part of my wider work looking at distributed ledger technologies. So I found interesting to read Eric Hellman's discussion of our digital feline friends in the context of digital rights management. "What if were possible to 'CryptoKittify' ebooks?" he asks. More...

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Approaching E-Learning 3.0

Approaching E-Learning 3.0
Stephen Downes, Half an Hour, 2018/09/18
In this article I outline the objectives of my upcoming E-Learning 3.0 course, talk a bit about how the topics are organized, describe how the course will be offered, and offer tips on how participants can learn from this connectivist-style course.
Web: [Direct Link] [This Post]. More...

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The MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab Launch the Knowledge Futures Group

The MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab Launch the Knowledge Futures Group
MIT Press, 2018/09/26
While I'm sure the people at the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) are supportive of any initiative to get research into the public sphere, I'm sure they would be surprisaed to learn that MIT's new Knowledge Futures Group (KFG)  initiative is "a first-of-its kind collaboration between a leading publisher and a world-class academic lab to transform how research information is created and shared." Maybe MIT means "first in the US" or perhaps "first at MIT. More...

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The mutating metric machinery of higher education

The mutating metric machinery of higher education
Ben Williamson, Code Acts in Education, 2018/09/26
"The narrative," writes Ben Williamson, "is that HE has been made to resemble a market in which institutions, staff and students are all positioned competitively, with measurement techniques required to assess, compare and rank their various performances." It's an unsettling narrative, he writes. More...

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Amid Low Adoption, DoD R&D Will Keep xAPI Alive And That’s Good News

Amid Low Adoption, DoD R&D Will Keep xAPI Alive And That’s Good News
Cristian T. Duque, Moodle News, 2018/09/20
I'm not worried about the future of xAPI, even if the adoption rate has been low thus far. The value proposition of xAPI becomes apparent once you begin using multiiple e-learning applications and want a single activity record. That's not so clear a value when you only use one LMS, but as the technology landscape becomes more distributed, the benefits of xAPI (or something like xAPI) will be come much more clear. More...

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John Hancock Will Only Sell Interactive Life Insurance with Fitness Data Tracking

John Hancock Will Only Sell Interactive Life Insurance with Fitness Data Tracking
Suzanne Barlyn, Insurance Journal, 2018/09/20
I read a post from Ryerson this morning that began "It’s getting more and more difficult to make a case for privacy when so many people are willingly sharing so much of their personal information online." The answer had hardly begun to form in my mind when I encountered this item from the BBC which makes it clear as crystal. More...

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L'économie sociale et solidaire à l'honneur

Aquitaine Cap MétiersLe Conseil National des Chambres Régionales de l'Economie Sociale et Solidaire (Cncress), avec le soutien des CRESS sur les territoires, organise la 11e édition du mois de l'économie sociale et solidaire en novembre. Cette manifestation nationale permet de mobiliser les acteurs du secteur ainsi que les partenaires locaux, régionaux et nationaux. Elle favorise également la visibilité de l'ESS auprès du grand public.
Très présente dans le secteur tertiaire, l'ESS se développe dans des domaines très variés : recyclage des déchets ou des textiles, garderies associatives, consommation responsable, partage de biens...
Pour cette 11e édition, ce ne sont pas moins de 2000 événements organisés sur l'ensemble du territoire, dont 176 en Nouvelle-Aquitaine : portes ouvertes, visites d’entreprise, conférences, forums, formations, rendez-vous festifs dans tous les secteurs d’activité (services à la personne, culture, sport, insertion, développement durable, entrepreneuriat).
Découvrir les événements. Plus...

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The Side Effects of Education: Research and Practice

The Side Effects of Education: Research and Practice
Beth Holland, Education Week, 2018/09/13
The author considers the use of scientific evidence in education research in the light of Yong Zhao's  new book: What Works May Hurt - The Side Effects of Education. The major argument is this: " educators, policymakers, and researchers need to acknowledge that "the effect of any treatment is the result of interaction between the characteristics of the treatment and characteristics of the individual" (p. 90)" (the use of the word 'treatment' speaks to the analogy people are trying to draw between health and medicine). More...

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Why We Need Web 3.0

Why We Need Web 3.0
Gav Would, Medium, 2018/09/13
More and more, as Ethereum co-founder Gab Would says, we are seeing that "the internet today is broken by design." It is centralized, it is driven by "the greedy, the megalomaniacs, or the plain malicious," and it provides no defense against fake news, cyber-attacks and surveillance. Hence the need for what is being called web 3.0 (backed by a suite of applications called web3). More...

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EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’

EU approves controversial Copyright Directive, including internet ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’
James Vincent, The Verge, 2018/09/13
There has been a lot of discussion regarding these regulations. Technology companies and activist organizations like EFF are particularly concerned (BoingBoing says "Europe just voted to wreck the internet, spying on everything and censoring vast swathes of our communications". More...

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