Mayor Booker Explains Marriage Equality

If you teach civics, if you teach government, if you tech ethics, if you teach civil rights, if you teach children at all, watch this video. This is how we need to think about marriage equality, and how many more of our lawmakers need to start speaking. Thank you, Cory Booker.

Wikileaks FAQ :: The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It

What is Wikileaks?

Wikileaks is a self-described “not-for-profit media organization,” launched in 2006 for the purposes of disseminating original documents from anonymous sources and leakers.  Its website says: “Wikileaks will accept restricted or censored material of political, ethical, diplomatic or historical significance. We do not accept rumor, opinion, other kinds of first hand accounts or material that is publicly available elsewhere.”

More detailed information about the history of the organization can be found on Wikipedia (with all the caveats that apply to a rapidly-changing Wiki topic).  Wikipedia incidentally has nothing to do with Wikileaks — both share the word “Wiki” in the title, but they’re not affiliated.

An excellent Wikileaks FAQ resource on Jonathan Zittrain's blog

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Getting Internet access for communities of color is easier said than done

The Open Internet Debate: Redlining 2.0

Racewire is one of the few places covering how net neutrality legislation affects people of color in particular. They are in support of a regulated national broadband plan that would help protect "certain" communities from being left out and/or targeted - they make a comparison to the unregulated mortgage industry which preyed on people of color. This is an important issue to keep in mind as you watch the evolving dialog around broadband laws.

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Photos and thoughts on Creative Commons Salon NYC on opening education

Last night I sat on a panel with Dave Bill and Kerri Richardson Redding talking about how we use Creative Commons licenses in our school with students and adults. The event was the Creative Commons Salon NYC, and the theme was "Opening Education." The night started out with Eric Frank of Flat World Knowledge and Neeru Paharia of Peer 2 Peer University. Eric talked about how Flat World was publishing digital textbooks under Creative Commons licenses (non commercial) and had some interesting insight in what seems to be an awful industry in general. Neeru talked about the motivations for being part of an organization that believes that anyone should be able to take college-level classes online, for free.
Dave, Kerri, and I seemed to focus much more on why Creative Commons was important to students in particular whether giving them methods for publishing their own work, joining into something bigger (the commons), or using material from the Internet that wasn't entangled in potential legal folly.
I definitely have some more reflection to do on the event before I can blog more, but thought I should fire out the photos and the summaries. I had a great time with our NYCIST colleagues who were there, too. Thanks for the support!

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I'm Speaking at the Creative Commons NYC Salon on "Opening Education" on March 3rd

I, along with some of my distinguished peers, will be speaking on a panel at the Creative Commons Salon NYC on March 3, 2010. The theme is "Opening Education" and there will be folks from Flat World Knowledge, Peer 2 Peer University, and finally the educators panel (including me!). It will be in lower Manhattan, from 7-10pm. RSVP info is here.

Hope you can join!

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