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Science, open access… and Sci-Hub, Enrique Dans, Medium, Sept 16, 2017

As I write, Sci-Hub remains active and accessible, despite an American court awarding damages against it. I'm still of the opinion that there is no particular reason why American law should prevail in international disputes. Sci-Hub is based in Russia, and if the action should be filed and heard there. It's probably too late to stop Sci-Hub in any case. Even if the site is shut down like Napster was, the closed-access articles are out there, and the Sci-Hub database will continue ... [Direct Link]

10 amazing ways Blockchain could be used in education , Donald Clark, Donald Clark Plan B, Jun 22, 2016

These are all ways blockchain could be used in education (though a lot of detail would have to be added) but I'm not sure I agree with the context. Introducing the piece Donald Clark says he created a Napster like system for learning resources in 2001 but "the public sector organisations just didn’t like innovation and stuck to their institutional silos." He predicts a similar reaction to blockchain. "The biggest obstacle to its use is cultural. Education is a slow learner and very ... [Direct Link]

What next? How the news media can respond to losing, Paul Bradshaw, Online Journalism Blog, Apr 25, 2016

It is again worth noting that what happens in news and media usually happens in education a few years later. Both have had their online platform moment, their Napster moment, their open content moment and their syndication moment. Traditional news media are now entering what might be the end-game. "From 2016, publishers will increasingly need to justify why they need a website at all (and not just code it for Google AMP). To do that, they will need to move beyond content ... [Direct Link]

Sci-Hub, LibGen, and Total Information Awareness, Eric Hellman, Go To Hellman, Mar 21, 2016

A couple of good articles on SciHub, the service that allows you tom download any academic paper for free (and which is not on the publishers' best-wishes-list). The first item gives fairly specific advice explaining how to download without being detected using the secure browser Tor - "use the Tor Browser and Sci-Hub's onion address, http://scihub22266oqcxt.onion. Onion addresses provide encryption all the way to the destination, and since SciHub uses LibGen's onion address ... [Direct Link]

A special issue of First Monday on the 15–year anniversary of Napster — Digital music as boundary object, Raphaël Nowak, Andrew Whelan, Oct 07, 2014

It has been fifteen years since Napster - it seems like yesterday to me, it was such a defining moment, yet now it's history. First Monday has published a special issue on Napster, and has done so in fine form, taking MP3 files and interpreting them as 'boundary objects' - "the phrase 'boundary object' can be used to refer to nodal events or entities, situated at the junctures of distinct discourses and distinct local cultures and social realities." I like that notion a lot,... [Direct Link]

The MORU as Precursor to the MOOC , Darin Hayton, Mar 17, 2013

So, "MOOCs are all the rage right now," writes Darin Hayton. "Academics [are] generally upset or unimpressed and disruptors generally optimistic. What intrigues me is how familiar the kook-aid tastes." I have always tried to be clear that the phenomenon of mass education was well established before MOOCs, and therefore that what makes MOOCs different, at least the way we do them, isn't the massiveness, but the network structure, which permits both scaling and interactivity. Thus I ... [Direct Link]

Beyond the Buzz, Where Are MOOCs Really Going?, Michael Horn, and , Clayton Christensen,, Feb 21, 2013

This post is evidence that you can't really predict where something is going if you don't understand the subject. The authors, trying to argue that MOOCs are a disruptive innovation, comment, "the big, reputable universities are the ones leading the MOOC wave. This includes MIT and Harvard (through edX) as well as Stanford, whose groundbreaking AI course morphed into Udacity (and whose professors independently founded Coursera)." Yes, that did happen - three years after the invention ... [Direct Link]

Napster, Udacity, and the Academy, Clay Shirky, Weblog, Nov 19, 2012

Clay Shirky on MOOCs: "Open systems are open. For people used to dealing with institutions that go out of their way to hide their flaws, this makes these systems look terrible at first. But anyone who has watched a piece of open source software improve, or remembers the Britannica people throwing tantrums about Wikipedia, has seen how blistering public criticism makes open systems better. And once you imagine educating a thousand people in a single class, it becomes clear that open courses, ... [Direct Link]

Clive Thompson on 3-D Printing’s Legal Morass, Jeanine Poggi, E.J. Schultz, Wired, Jun 07, 2012

This didn't take long - almost as soon as 3D printing was introduced for the masses we are reading about concerns about copyright and the potential for lawsuits. "Observers predict that in a few years we’ll see printers that integrate scanning capability — so your kid can toss in a Warhammer figurine, hit Copy, and get a new one. The machine will become a photocopier of stuff. This has all the makings of an epic and surreal legal battle. You thought Hollywood and record labels ... [Direct Link]

Some thoughts on Bill-C-32: An Act to Modernize Canada's copyright laws, Barry Sookman, Weblog, Jun 08, 2010

Some more followup on the proposed Canadian copyright legislation. Barry Sookman offers a comprehensive summary of the law. This includes discussion of a provision not mentioned here before, "Bill C-32 creates a new cause of action against a person who provides a system that he knows or should know is 'designed primarily to enable acts of copyright infringement'." The intent is to outlaw services such as Napster or Pirate Bay. But there's a lot of latitude in what counts as '... [Direct Link]

Digital Rights Management and Consumer Privacy, David Fewer, Philippe Gauvin, Alex Cameron, The Canadian Internet Policy, Public Interest Clinic, Sept 19, 2007

When you read this report you'll utter, as I did, "Holy cow!" or words to that effect. "This report confirms that DRM is currently being used in the Canadian marketplace in ways that violate Canadian privacy laws." And really blatantly, too. "We observed tracking of usage habits, surfing habits, and technical data... we observed e-book software profiling individuals... A number of organizations used DRM to collect, use and disclose personal ... [Direct Link]

Learning Conference Granada, Michael Chalk, adult literacy meets technology (AL-T), Oct 11, 2006

Sketchy converage of this conference being held in Spain. Wish there was more description of the sessions, as the papers are not online. Still, even the one-liners are pretty good - like this: "a Michigan professor, James Porter, tells us how Napster (the file-sharing craze) is affecting literacy development (and publishing), in ways that Marx would approve;." Leaves us wondering, though, whether he's for or against. [Direct Link]

Minor Alternatives to Major Labels; a Crash Course in Free Music Online, Grant Robertson, thedigitalmusicweblog, Jul 14, 2006

When the music publishers come at you again with this argument that says they believe artists should be paid for their work, why not ask them why the artists on these independent sites get much more per song than the artists on iTunes or Napster, and why not ask why these independent artists aren't even given the chance to sell their music via iTunes or Napster. And when you're looking for new music, why not try some intependent tunes instead of numbly marching to the tune of the publishing ... [Direct Link]

Free, Legal and Ignored, Nick Timiraos, Wall Street Journal, Jul 07, 2006

Even the Wall Street Journal is recognizing the futility of the business models being proposed my online misic services. "College students don't turn down much that's free. But when it comes to online music, even free hasn't been enough to persuade many students to use such digital download services as Napster, Rhapsody, Ruckus and Cdigix." As it turns out, reports the article, people prefer to have music collections that they own, rather than to merely rent. Also, the mishmash of proprietary ... [Direct Link]

The Dark Underbelly of Napster Deals, Kyle Johnson, EDUCAUSE Blogs, Jul 28, 2005

It's as bad as we always thought it was. "The University must exclusively promote the Dell branded DJ, secure two Dell kiosks on campus to feature Dell products and services, facilitate a Dell launch event in the back-to-school timeframe, host Dell information on the UW website, execute an email campaign and participate in a case study." Oh, and pay $24,000 for 8 months of its service. You get the feeling the university negotiators never had a chance. [Direct Link]

Students refuse to buy a single song from Napster, Ashlee Vance, The Register, Jul 19, 2005

Heh. You may have read about some universities signing deals with Napster in an effort to curb file sharing. These agreements are foisted on students whether they want them or not, including students at the University of Rochester. The students have now had their own say about these agreements, refusing to buy even one song from the download service. Via EDUCAUSE. [Direct Link]

50 District Schools Will get a High-tech Leap into the Future, Susan Snyder, Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov 22, 2004

This is one of those stories where you really wish the commercial press would tell the whole story - or at least link to things. On the surface, it's a good news story: the Philadelphia school board plans to invest some $75 million in new technology in 50 of its 275 schools, with plans to support all of them at a cost of $1.5 million per school (you will only be able to click to this item once - it's one of those fake links that makes you register if you ever go back). I can't cover ... [Direct Link]

Song-Swap Networks Still Humming, Katie Dean, Wired News, Oct 26, 2004

CD sales are increasing again; this must mean that file sharing has slowed, right? No. File sharing is also increasing. "In general we observe that P2P activity has not diminished," says the study, which will be presented at IEEE Globecom 2004 next month. "On the contrary, P2P traffic represents a significant amount of internet traffic and is likely to continue to grow in the future, RIAA behavior notwithstanding." When sharing increases, sales increase. When sharing is reduced - as it was, ... [Direct Link]

Napster Expands University Program with the Addition of Six Schools, PRNewswire-FirstCall, Yahoo News, Jul 19, 2004

One wonders exactly what sort of deal was reached. "In establishing these agreements, the schools have been working closely with the Campus Action Network (CAN), an initiative dedicated to facilitating the introduction of safe, legitimate digital music services to the campus environment.... In partnering with Napster, Cornell, GW, Middlebury, Miami, USC and Wright State hope to give students a simple and fun way to obtain and listen to music in compliance with copyright laws and to promote ... [Direct Link]

Napster Gags University Over RIAA's Student Tax, Ashlee Vance, The Register, May 14, 2004

Napster is taking action after Ohio University gave some indication of how much it charges universities to offer music access - a survey distributed by the university suggested the cost would be $3 per person per month. Napster has insisted that universities not disclose the terms of such contracts and called Ohio "and said we should not publicize the details or discuss our contract." I'm not sure secret contracts are in the best interestes of consumers, and they are certainly not in the best ... [Direct Link]

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