By Stephen Downes
June 23, 2004

Notes from Microsoft
David Weinberger is the latest in a series of speakers to travel to Redmond and tell Microsoft what it doesn't want to hear - that current approaches to DRM are a path to failure. "A pay-per-use system and allowing artists to control their works much past launching them into the world will kill culture." By David Weinberger, Joho the Blog, June 23, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Estudios Pedagógicos
Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), a major source of Open Access STM literature from Latin America, has launched five new publications, including this journal, Estudios Pedagógicos, which is a Spanish language "publication of the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities of the Austral University of Chile. It welcomes collaborations specializing in the field of education and that constitute a contribution to pedagogical knowledge." One issue, from 2003, is already online, with abstracts in English and Spanish, articles in Spanish. Via FOS News. By Various Authors, Universidad Austral de Chile, June 10, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Music Downloads: Pirates—or Customers?
Interview with Felix Oberholzer-Gee, who with co-author Koleman Strumpf "floored the disbelieving music industry with their findings that illegal music downloads don’t hurt CD sales." Some good stuff here, but nothing new for people who have already read the report. Quotable: "The problem with radio as a promotional tool is that it can be quite expensive for labels to get radio stations to play their music. P2P networks are promising because they make the market for music promotion more competitive." By Sean Silverthorne, HBS Working Knowledge, June 21, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

E-Learning Industry Promotion and Development
Jean sent me this useful link which will be of interest to those wanting to know about e-learning in Taiwan. The site contains information about the project, a half dozen case studies, a list of partner companies, and an interview with Gary Chien of Acer Inc. Through this site I also connected to E-Learning House, which provides PR Newswire newsfeeds, discussion, and most usefully, a page describing e-learning in China, India, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan. By Various Authors, June, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Copyright Excesses Worry Teachers, Scholars
Coverage of the recent Knowledge Held Hostage? Scholarly Versus Corporate Rights in the Digital World at the Annenberg School for Communication (it's too bad the conference didn't make presentations available online). According to the article, "Educators and legal experts contend new technologies and lawsuits are creating uncertainty about what is exempt under the law." Even where fair use rights exist, the threat of litigation has schools consulting their lawyers first, weighing the educational benefit against the cost of defending their rights. Good overall coverage; worth a read. By Corey Murray, eSchool News, June 22, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Skype for Linux
Skype - the free application that allows people to make free internet telephone calls using their computer - is now available for Linux. By Various Authors, June 21, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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