Content filtering with NO Opt Out and government deciding what’s in

“I’m not exaggerating when I say that this model involves more technical interference in the internet infrastructure than what is attempted in Iran, one of the most repressive and regressive censorship regimes in the world.” Colin Jacobs, chair of the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, as quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October 2008. Nope, this isn’t a post about China or a dictatorship (at least, not an official one) that’s the…

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Someone broke in and rearranged my stuff

Flickr launched a new interface last week.  I hate it.  iGoogle changed the tabs from the top to the side.  I really hate it.  MS Office completely rearranged the menus in Word.  I really, really hate it.  God people — quit rearranging my stuff without my knowledge or permission! Because it IS MY ENVIRONMENT and MY STUFF — not YOUR SOFTWARE. My tech has become smaller, more personal, more intimate.  I put stickers on my…

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Why is chauvinism fun but racism isn’t?

We talk a lot about breaking down barriers online and offline, of building muticultural understanding and smashing stereotypes.  The “N” word draws more gasps and condemnation than the “C” word.  Clubs that ban people because of the colour of their skin (at least overtly) would be shut down.  Governments are spending a load of money to help us all understand each others’ cultures and work towards social inclusion. So in all this open-mindedness — why…

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The hypocrisy of ICT in education conference PRESENTATIONS

Graham Wegner’s recent post about “Redefining Conference Professional Respect” sparked up a blaze for me this morning. In his post, he mentions complaints he read about a recent conference.  It seems some attendees thought that others who used the free wireless available to blog and tweet during keynotes were somehow rude. I started writing a response because the obvious irony of people attending a conference on how to integrate ICTs into education and learning who…

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Walmart tech understanding FAIL could wipe out your music collection

I can only guess that this is a money-saving move from the bean counters at Walmart — if it is, they’ll soon have fewer beans to jiggle around… Walmart has decided to pull the plug on their music DRM server — so anyone who bought music prior to February 2008 has a couple of days left until they can NO LONGER PLAY THEIR BOUGHT AND PAID FOR MP3s. In a letter (that I did not…

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