Why I Love Helping Back up the Public Web. Over the past couple of years the Wayback Machine has been written about, or referenced, by journalists, researchers, academics and students in more than a thousand published news articles. This week a CNN article used the Wayback Machine to bring to light writings of a public figure, that otherwise would have been lost, in a relevant and current context.
Reading the article made me the happiest about leading the Wayback Machine project since I started 3 years ago. I think it is fair to say that this article, written by Andrew Kaczynski, @KFILE of CNN, makes the case stronger, and more clearly, than any other, of the importance of cultural memory in general, and the Wayback Machine in particular, in the role of supporting a healthy political discourse and helping to hold those in power accountable.
The article cites two columns of now Vice President Mike Pence that were posted about 17 years ago and that can be read via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine here and here. The EU Spent a Bundle to Unify the Continent. It’s Not Working. 3 Challenges for the Future of Education. Webinar: Open licensing in the Erasmus+ CBHE projects – OpenMed. Title Open licensing in the Erasmus+ CBHE projects Date 24 July 2018 at h17.45 CEST (CET Converter) Link to the Webinar and select the UK flag for English -> “English room (unirresearch3)“ Abstract The Erasmus+ programme promotes the open access to materials, documents and media that are useful for learning, teaching, training, youth work and are produced by projects funded by the programme. Dr. Speaker Dr. Director of Open Education, Creative Commons Cable works with the global open education community to leverage open licensing, open content, and open policies to significantly improve access to quality, affordable, education and research resources so everyone in the world can attain their education goals.
Cable helps lead the global open education movement and is the Director of Open Education at Creative Commons (CC) – a nonprofit organization at the center of an international movement to promote sharing of creativity and knowledge. Who should attend Registration Recorded webinar. Rethinking higher education in the service of humanity. Greater emphasis on a rights-based approach to higher education (for example, universal human rights, humanistic education and meaningful education). Other emerging issues that will be discussed in future articles and books will centre on higher education’s role in: civil society, sustainable development, educational quality, new literacies, educational governance, leadership and management, indigenous education, integrative teaching and learning, peace education and humanistic education.
All these topics flow from the core macro topics of democracy, rights and learning which are reflected in the three major paradigm shifts.Policy, practice and theoryEmerging trends in theory development tend to centre on a constructivist approach that contends that education is both individually and socially constructed. What’s at stake in the July 5 #SaveYourInternet vote: The text, explained. On July 5 at noon, all 751 Members of the European Parliament will vote on whether to rubber-stamp the plans for upload filters and the “link tax”, or send them back to the drawing board. Please call them and ask them to do the latter! What will they vote on exactly? Here’s the complete text of the draft law – below, I’ll decipher the legalese and break down how Articles 11 and 13 will affect you if we don’t stop it from becoming law. (Note: I’ve lightly edited the legal text quoted below for understandability, without changing its meaning.)
Article 11: A “link tax” with only ineffective exceptions 1. Here’s how this establishes a “link tax”: 1. Copyright protects creativity: A work needs to meet a “threshold of originality” to be protected. Since no other threshold is established in the law, it would cover even shortest snippets and purely factual headlines like “Angela Merkel meets Theresa May”. 2. Links that don’t tell you where they take you make as little sense as blank signposts. 1a. How to fix what has gone wrong with the internet - The ins and outs. Why we shouldn't let economists play with education - Long View on Education. EU Copyright Proposal That Would Destroy Internet Memes Being Protested With Internet Memes.
EU Copyright Proposal That Would Destroy Internet Memes Being Protested With Internet Memes. How the EU copyright proposal will hurt the web and Wikipedia. Wikimedia is an integral part of a large movement of civil society stakeholders, technologists, creators, and human rights defenders, who all recognize the importance of a free and open web for culture, progress, and democracy. Our movement is working to promote freedom online for the benefit of all. Our efforts in this public policy realm are all the more important in an era of increasing restrictions on free speech and free access to knowledge across the globe, which directly threaten the mission and vision of Wikimedia and its projects, such as Wikipedia.
This is why we strongly oppose the proposed EU Copyright Directives and urge the Members of the European Parliament to reconsider proceeding with the version recently adopted by the Legal Affairs Committee. We are concerned because these flawed proposals hurt everyone’s rights to freedom of expression and Europe’s ability to improve the welfare of its citizens online. Eileen B. Hershenov, General CounselWikimedia Foundation. Testimony at Council of Europe’s Convention 108 plenary. The Council of Europe’s Convention 108 (soon 108+) is a legal instrument contributing to collaboration and harmonisation around the globe of data protection laws. I had the chance and honour to speak today at the plenary meeting of its Consultative Committee on data subjects rights, and particularly the right of access (the right to access your own personal data, often as a copy but often just to see). You can find a transcript of my contribution below.
Strasbourg, Council of Europe, June 20th 2018 To the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (Council of Europe Convention 108), I would like to thank you for the opportunity to address such a prestigious assembly. It truly is an honor. My name is Paul-Olivier Dehaye. Through prototyping different strategies, I have learned of other stakeholders that could be natural allies. Scientists also benefit from those efforts. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Paul-Olivier Dehaye. Banned on the run. So, banning mobile phones.
How’s that gong to work out in the end, after the first glow of satisfaction that you’ve “done something”? There are two ways to have a ban I guess. Either zero phones on the school estate, or collect phones each day and hand them out again at the end of the day. I’m deliberately ignoring the thing that schools actually do at the moment which is have either a total ban on visibility of the phone during the day, or a “only use at break/lunchtimes” ban. This is of course mixed in with permitted usage in a lesson when the teacher allows. No, I’m talking about a proper “no phones on the students person during the day” ban. There are a number of problems with this but in the end (leaving aside the logistical considerations) they all come down to the same thing – you can’t ensure that a kid doesn’t have a phone on them.
And which kids are going to be the ones who have a clandestine phone on them? And it will get more difficult. Do we ban watches? Do we ban glasses? What are we learning from policy experiments to increase innovation and entrepreneurship? Illegal memes? Weak Safe Harbor? Unpacking the proposed EU copyright overhaul. Snippet tax and upload filters: lethal © cocktail from the Council – the EP must act NOW – Copybuzz. After weeks of pushing and shoving by the Bulgarian Council Presidency (or should we say by the European Commission), today, 25 May, the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union (COREPER) was coerced in agreeing to agree on something in the discussions on the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. And the result is appalling: every poison that was put on the table by the European Commission got worsened and mixed into a lethal cocktail for EU citizens, institutional players, start-up and big businesses (except for the rightholders) as well as for creators that thrive in the digital environment.
We have repeatedly gone into lengthy details about the (many) flaws of the Council text so now is the time to be short: The damage is hence done in the Council, under the guidance of a couple of big Member States and the European Commission. UK research funders suggest liberated open-access policy : News blog. Taxpayer-funded science papers should be made free to access within six months of publication, according to a draft policy from Research Councils UK (RCUK), the umbrella body for the United Kingdom’s seven research councils (government-funded grant agencies). The papers should not only be made free to read, but should also have a liberal publishing licence (Creative Commons CC-BY), which would make their content free to text-mine or otherwise re-use, subject to proper attribution. And if necessary, scientists should spend some of their research grants — or other grants for university overheads — to pay publishers to make the work public.A year of discussion The suggested strategy comes after a year of discussion in Britain on how to improve access to research papers.
Open-access publishing is gaining ground, helped by mandates such as those from the US National Institutes of Health and the (privately-funded) UK Wellcome Trust. The cost of ‘free’ General approval. Brookings created a blueprint to help countries around the world radically improve education. Listen to any politician anywhere, and you will hear that education is the salve for all social ills. Inequality? Education will make the poor upwardly mobile. Job automation? Teach students the skills that robots can’t replicate. Yet few countries have a serious game plan. When the Brookings Institution, a Washington, DC, think tank, surveyed more than 100 countries on what skills they wanted kids to have beyond math and reading, more than 76 identified things like communication, creativity, and critical thinking. But only 13 had a plan to make that happen. The issue, as American philosopher and educator John Dewey once said, is that “if we teach students the same way as yesterday, we rob them of tomorrow.”
Rebecca Winthrop, director of the Center for Universal Education at Brookings, has some ideas about how to go about that. A skip along the way to leapfrogging Somewhere in Rajasthan, India, a child is playing an online game involving multiplication. The central paradox of education. Article 11: Driven by Rhetoric, not by Arithmetic – Copybuzz. In the European Commission’s original “Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market”, the main rationale for the introduction of an ancillary copyright – also known as the snippet or link tax – is economic.
The explanatory memorandum states: “The organisational and financial contribution of publishers in producing press publications needs to be recognised and further encouraged to ensure the sustainability of the publishing industry.” The key question then becomes whether Article 11 of the copyright directive, “Protection of press publications concerning digital uses”, will achieve that stated goal of ensuring the sustainability of the publishing industry. Unusually for proposed legislation, there is already reliable data about how effective the ancillary copyright is in terms of providing additional revenue to publishers.
German and Spanish publishers have learned this the hard way. Featured image by Alexas_Fotos. Presentation of the project "Competences for Democratic Culture" Congress wants to extend the copyright on some sound recordings to 144 years. Untitled. Systems of revolt: open-source and open-access as viable rivals to vendor products – undaimonia. This is the edited script of a presentation given by Simon Barron at UKSG 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow, UK on 2018-04-09 and 2018-04-10. It has been edited to incorporate the accompanying presentation into the text and to insert additional detail and quotes. Thanks to Matt Borg for asking me to present and thanks to the UKSG organisers for their hard work. 1.0: art of revolt Surrealism has been called “the art of revolt” (Sélavy, 2018). Surrealism emerged out of Dadaism and distinguishes itself by its explicit focus on politics.
It was viscerally shocking for audiences of the time raising questions about the nature of desire and violence barely held back by ineffective and stifling bourgeois societal norms. Surrealist artists and directors had no political power. In 2018, we face an even more monolithic political and economic system. 1.1: library systems Library systems are the lifeblood of a modern library. 2.0: critique 3.0: imagine 3.1: openness 3.2: open licensing. Behind the scenes at #oer17- Streaming to YouTube with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio – MASHe. I’m still processing #OER17: The Politics of Open, not for a single session but as the collective experience and there is a growing list of blog posts published as a result of this event to digest. This post is slightly different from those as I thought it would be useful to capture the continued evolution of how I live video stream events. In terms of requirements the list hasn’t changed much from my previous post, but I thought it would be useful to detail the current kit list in case you want to setup something similar.
Before going into this I should point out we’ve gone down a consumer level route and you can easily spend a lot more cash on this. Detailing what we use is also an opportunity to say why we use particular devices. Pre-Event Setup There is a bit of setup we do prior to the event. There is some setup you can do with OBS Studio ahead of time. I’ve only done approximately 12 hours streaming over two days as part of OER17 but my experience was OBS Studio was rock solid. Do I need a new license? Creative Commons, Cambridge Analytica and Ethics. With thanks to Dan Lynds for for suggestions and edits Earlier this year Robin de Rosa and Rajiv Jhangiani launched the Open Pedagogy Notebook, a resource for any educators to both use open resources and learn more about the underpinning idea of open. I first met Robin in August 2016 at DigPedPEI, we had lots of conversations, and in one particular break out session Robin DeRosa, Daniel Lynds, Scott Robison, and I sat around in some comfy chairs and started talking about open.
Eventually we got to talking about analytics and the data that is generated by students (and staff) and the tools that can take that data and using a variety of algorithms add some context, thereby either giving the student a representation of what they have done, or predicting what they will be likely to do. First let me state that I believe analytics can be a great force for helping students succeed, to catch those at risk, and support them earlier in their learning. Data and algorithms are an issue.
Related. What could Open Government learn from Open Technology folks? | The Mandarin - The Mandarin. Researching alternative ways of measuring impact in Learning Technology. Last year I worked on finding a sustainable new home for the Open Access journal Research in Learning Technology. As part of my work for ALT, this was the third transition I have worked on since 2008 and during this period I have contributed to the thinking around Open Access publishing in Learning Technology, often through ALT’s contribution to initiatives such as the 2012/3 ‘Gold Open Access Project‘. This year I will be working with a new group set up by ALT to steer the future development of the journal: A new Strategic Journal Working Group to help steer the development of the journal now being published by ALT in partnership with Open Academia has been established and we are grateful that representatives from other scholarly bodies who are publishing in a similar model, have agreed to join the group to share best practice and support each other.
So, keeping all this in mind, here is where I am in my work to research alternative ways of measuring impact… Bloomsbury Collections - A Manifesto for the Public University. Campaign for the Public University | GLOBAL SOCIAL THEORY – This site is intended as a free resource for students, teachers, academics, and others interested in social theory and wishing to understand it in global perspective. Algorithmic Impact Assessments: Toward Accountable Automation in Public Agencies. Sustainable Development Goals: Future of International Higher Education? Substituting Computer Science for World Languages is Bad Policy. How a former Soviet state became one of the world's most advanced digital nations. Tutor Mentor Institute, LLC. Help Me Help You: "It Became Personal" With Daniel Bassill.