Presentation by Michael Geist to a Canadian government committee on a study on intellectual property and tech transfer. He suggests that the government should look at knowledge transfer more broadly, and focus less on IP and patents. "The emphasis on university-based patenting is misplaced. It can have a corrosive effect on universities, who forego important, publicly-funded research in favour of potential licensing or patenting opportunities. With properly funded institutions, there is no need to chase licensing dollars." I've made similar arguments internally, with respect to government-produced research, and called for open access to government resources, publications and data.
This post introduces scholar.social, a Mastodon server for teachers and educators. "scholar.social is not JUST for teachers, but anyone involved in academics. The tag line they use is 'The Mastodon profile that you’re not embarrassed to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference.'"
This has actually been going on for a while, but now it is becoming commoditized and widespread: "electronic billboards in restaurants and shopping precincts that utilize advanced facial recognition techniques to not only provide personalized advertisements but also measure and record the consumer and their response." Of course the proprietors don't tell you that they're doing this, but sometimes their actions are exposed by accident. There's probably no stopping this. And there's no escape for students. "Today we’ve seen the use of a French education provider utilizing the tech to determine if students are paying attention during remote learning."
According to Doub Belshaw (assisted with quotes from others), "Personalised advertising isn’t useful. It’s invasive, and it’s used to build a profile to manipulate you and your ‘friends’." If we say this about personalized advertising, what do we say about personalized content? If personalized content, working exactly as intended on Facebook, is so harmful, what are we to say about personalized learning? There's a big gaping question here that people are not answering.
It's a toolbox with only three tools, but they're good tools:
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