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by Stephen Downes
October 29, 2009

FCC's proposed neutrality rules: Nothing to see here, folks
They want net neutrality, but they don't want regulation. Anyone see the contradiction? His name may be 'Downes' but I still disagree with him when he says "No surprise, I think the FCC's plan is a bad idea, and I think, more to the point, that the FCC is the wrong organization to be 'saving' the open Internet. Among other crimes, as the Electronic Frontier Foundation points out, the FCC is the same regulator who has ramped up the penalties and frequency of fines for 'indecent' content over the airwaves." Larry Downes, The Center for Internet and Society , October 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Making Twitter Lists more useful with filtering
Twiter has introduced lists; they allow you to create a group of people - much the way hashtags did - but to keep out the spammers. "Thus you'd avoid the growing problem of keyword tweetspam - when spammers post spam tweets that include keywords which anyone would see in a Twitter search. That gets really annoying, especially for trending topics and other popular search terms or hashtags." Amy Gahran, Contentious, October 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Presentation Backchannel Multitasking : eLearning Technology
Some good responses to the question, "What should we do as presenters in this multitasking world?" My main thought (aside from the rest of it already expressed in Tony Karrer's post) is that in any given audience you will have the full range of people, from those who are very interested in the topic to those who need a place to sit while they do other things. It's not possible to serve all those interests, much less bump them off what they want to do anyway, so don't try. Tony Karrer, eLearning Technology, October 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]

Learnstreaming and PKM

Harold Jarche writes, "Dennis has a clear and simple definition for Learnstreaming – publishing your learning activities online for the benefit of you and others. This is the basis of many blogs in our field and learnstreaming continues to expand with all the new applications such as micro-blogging, social bookmarks, and "life-streaming" platforms like Posterous." Harold Jarche, Weblog, October 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

Using Wikis to Conduct Qualitative Research
Short instructional video (7 minutes) describing how to use a wiki for qualitative research. If this interests you, you may also want to look at this video introduction to SPSS. Muhammad Sabri Sahrir, My Blog on E-Learning and Educational Technology, October 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , , ] [Comment]

YouTube Taking Down Public Domain Works?
Another example of how commercial providers make access to publ,ic domain materials difficult or impossible: by mixing public domain content with their content, when they issue blanket take-down notices, the public domain material is included. It's a no-risk behaviour: public domain material has no owner, so there's nobody to sue them! Mike Masnick, TechDirt, October 29, 2009 [Link] [Tags: , ] [Comment]

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