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.
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
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.
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!