The web is going silent – make some noise!

The Copyright Royalty Board in the US, in their infinite greed and attempts to murder choice is increasing royalty rates so the web cast industry is shutting down on Tuesday, 26 June. On Tuesday, thousands of webcasters will call on their millions of listeners to join the fight to save Internet radio and contact heir Congressional representatives to ask for their support of the Internet Radio Equality Act.” After July 15, the CRB plans to…

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Seems I’ve heard this song before…

A year or so ago – the political parties were debating “how to keep our children safe” online.  At that time, there was talk of putting in filters at the ISP level and I’d thought that rational thinking had prevailed. Then an election year happened and low and behold, 15 months later, I’m driving home from work and hear parliament the Communications Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing and Datacasting) Bill 2007.  The authors of this amendment state “The existing…

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The digital natives are gonna be restless

A recent report from the NPD group shows that just over the past two years, the starting age for using electronic devices has dropped from just a click over 8 years old to about 6 and a half years old.  Plus the ownership of personal digital media players, portable video games and digital cameras is on the rise. Yet, we have school IT policies that read like this: “The use of mobile phones, pagers, portable CD and…

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