By Stephen Downes
January 2, 2004

The Edinburgh Scenarios
Some interesting content now posted on the Learning Circuits blog outlining four scenarios describing e-learning in the next decade. This is all in preparation for an event launched by Scottish Enterprise and Global Business Network, who have been asking experts about eLearning for their projectsions. According to the survey, two clusters of uncertainty have emerged (resulting in the four scenarios): the source of power, influence and new idea; and the role of technology in society. By Jay Cross, Learning Circuits Blog, January 1, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Interesting. Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe (LOCKSS) is software that distributes copies of digital publications across an institution, then through a process of rolling integrity checks ensures that the copies have not degraded. By Various Authors, Stanford University, January, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

2003 in Review: DRM Technology
Good summary of the current state of digital rights management (DRM) technology with a look forward to the future. After a year that characterized a few tentative steps forward (and a lot of file sharing) the author expects DRM in person to person (P2P) networks next year. Also worth reading, by the same author, is this overview of digital content. By Bill Rosenblatt, DRM Watch, December 31, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

What the Net Did Next
The father of the internet, Vint Cerf, projects the use of Internet Protocol for all forms of communication, beginning with the telephone system. "You are going to see a fairly dramatic increase in services riding on top of basic internet infrastructure," he said, "You will see more and more layers of functionality showing up in the net." By Mark Ward, BBC News, January 1, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Future is Now
Good set of tech predictions. Most interesting is the ietm about the iPod - Apple has really outflanked Microsoft with a slim, portable device that doesn't cater to the Windows proprietary music format. Millions of people will discover the memory stick this year, and the suggestion that there will be memory stick applications is a great call. By Charles Arthur, The Independent, January 1, 2004 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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