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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Back in 2012 Sebastian Thrun made the ridiculous statement that in fifty years, there will be only 10 institutions in the whole world that deliver higher education. But what if it wasn't so ridiculous? No, not in the way we think, where there are only 10 universities. But more like what has happened to the news industry: "the entire news industry has consolidated down to two points of distribution... Facebook and Google have outsized supplier power over the entire news industry." In other media - movies, say - other technology companies are building distribution monopolies. Why couldn't this happen to online education? What can be done to stop it?

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