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by Stephen Downes
August 1, 2007

Putting It All Together... Privacy, Security, Cybercrime and Safety
Continuing coverage from the IFIPTMA Conference I am attending here in Moncton. First up was Parry Aftab, a cyber-lawyer advocating the sharing of information to counteract internet abuses. I also summarized quite a good talk by David Townsend, a Law professor at UNB, on PHI Meets PST: A PST Framework for Personal Health Information. Stephen Downes, Half an Hour August 1, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

CCSSO - Quick Reflection
I read the Tough Choices of Tough Times report cited by Dave Warlick, but my reaction wasn't "Can they sell it?" but rather "What are they thinking?" It spends one paragraph on early childhood education - and pages and pages on things like 'Board Exams' and testing. This is touted as a recipe for competitiveness. Quite the opposite, I would say. 2 Cents Worth, Dave Warlick August 1, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Loosely Coupled Assessment
Mike Caulfield laments the industrialization of the PLE. "Watching a recent vendor presentation I thought – I can't believe this is happening again. That single phrase. In a loop. In my head. Because remember - this happened once before. The LMS vendors came in with an assessment and management tool, and told us it was an elearning solution." Mike Caulfield, Weblog August 1, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Intro to Open Ed Class - Feedback and Enrolling
David Wiley has posted the syllabus to his upcoming course on open education. I think the readings are pretty good, overall, though I think the presentation in Week 7 (on licensing) is a bit one-sided. But I think it is well worth noting that I would not be in a position to make such a criticism were Wiley not willing to post his syllabus online (and if I felt strongly enough about it I could actually edit the page and insert the appropriate reading - a correction he could adopt if he desired). David Wiley, iterating toward openness August 1, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

How Much Do Schools Really Value Pupils' Views?
If education were on firm foundations, I think, then teachers and administrators would have no problem with students expressing their views. Ewan McIntosh, edublogs August 1, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

Cut the Panflu Patent Gordian Knot
The situation described in this post raises the possibility that the next influenza epidemic will result not from a superbug but because of patent law. You need to share data to fight influenza, but countries that are sharing data are getting tired of paying royalties to companies that use that data to create proprietary - and expensive - vaccines. revere, Effect Measure August 1, 2007 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

Voice and Empathy
I like this post not so much because I wanted to learn about telemarketing but because the self-reflective attitude demonstrated here is an important skill and worth illustrating. Alexandre Enkerli, Disparate August 1, 2007 [Link] [Tags: ] [Comment]

How Madison Avenue Is Wasting Millions On a Deserted Second Life
"There was nobody else around." He teleported over to the Aloft Hotel, a virtual prototype for a real-world chain being developed by the owners of the W. It was deserted, almost creepy. "I felt like I was in The Shining." Related: Karl Kapp describes a session in ProtoSphere (click under 'solutions' to find the unlinkable Flash page describing ProtoSphere). Dig the shirts and ties. Frank Rose, Wired August 1, 2007 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]


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