I agree with the observations in this post, and would apply them to educational technology as well. "We have to break the fundamental asymmetry that each end user is limited to their thumbs and their brain while the networks operate supercomputers. As long as there is one Facebook algorithm, one Twitter algorithm, one Instagram algorithm, etc. there will always be way too much power in one place. We all need to be able to programmatically interact with these services." If your MOOC provider, LMS, publications archive, or whatever, doesn't include an open API, then it is perpetuating a power imbalance. Via Metafilter, which follows up this idea with a ton of links.