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Stephen Downes

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I wish I could say it was just Missouri that is blocking all these websites, but I'm quite sure it isn't. There are two aspects: first, the deliberate blocking of websites, which is a political issue, which I will leave to the particular societies concerned; and second, the accidental blocking of websites, which I'm sure is why a site like NASA would be blocked (as well as, for me, at the office, the Open Education Conference), which results from (a) bad categorization, and (b) category-based content filtering. This is an education technology issue, and it is having a widespread impact, not simply because it makes the sites more difficult to access (not impossible, unless you're poor; you can just use your own phone or home computer) but also because it undermines our respect for the institutions that are managing access to information in such a sloppy manner. Via Doug Levin.

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