Are School Internet Filters the Forgotten Equity Battleground?

Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift, Sept 30, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I haven't written about school internet filters for a long time. They've become generally background, standard, and annoying. But of course they have been quietly shaping students' internet experience for more than a decade now. And what is that experience like? One of the first things to be silenced is the student voice, according to this article, with social network services like Facebook and Twitter hidden behind the barrier. And arguably, "prohibiting students from accessing the tools to create digital stories, share and access other people’s ideas on current events, and watch video lessons restricts their intellectual rights."

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