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Stephen Downes

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You might be able to see this Wired article if you haven't tried to access the site recently. Normally I wouldn't like to it but I'll make an exception in this case because it documents pervasive and obtrusive website blocking in the U.S. school system (I imagine similar blocking occurs internationally, but I don't know; I do know that in my own workplace there's pervasive blocking of innocuous contents, which is yet another reason why I prefer to work at home). The point of the Wired article is that the blocking results in more harm to school children than good, as information about disease control, school shootings, and other facts of day-to-day life are inaccessible. If you can't read the article, there's not much discussion of it yet online, but this background information from Wikipedia may be useful. Here's a (probably inaccurate) global censorship map.

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