Re: Internet Freedom

Stephen:
I agree with your assertion that all people, not just governments, need to accept and promote the reality of internet 'connectivity' as a human right. As an educator I feel that connectivity of and to information, resources, and the multiplicity of opinion is not only essential for teachers and students but good for the development of freedom and national/global citizens.

I recently started using twitter in my classroom. I found a way to use 'lists' and was following "@Time/haiti" using Tweet Deck on a Smart-board. During class we were having a discussion on Haiti and people who were actually on the ground in Haiti (red cross, CARE, Time reporters, MSF, etc) started to post comments, links, and current pictures. As we discussed food supply, someone from CARE or The Toronto Star would post their view on food distribution. One reporter tweeted another quake/aftershock had happened. Twenty minutes later it was reported on CNN. We felt, as a class, that we knew before the world knew. Is that not the power Ms. Clinton was talking about when she said? "The spread of information networks is forming a new nervous system for our planet. When something happens in Haiti or Hunan the rest of us learn about it in real time - from real people."

I think as educators we need to promote the importance of critical thinking, analysis, and discussion in order to help students sift through and develop true learning and understanding of just what they are connected to. Students need someone to help them understand what knowledge has just travelled to their computer, cell phones, or newspapers. This, I think is the true freedom that Ms. Clinton was talking about.
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