Why you are very often wrong when you copy a full web page somewhere else online

If and when the author (including me, I routinely do that on OTHER websites I run, or contribute to!) of some web page, video etc.. tells you that you can copy it all elsewhere, by all means DO it. In all other cases, including “sharing” them on Facebook or similar networks, or sending the full thing via email, you do a serious disservice to that author, but, above all, to all the people with which you “share” that stuff. Perché? Perché a chi ha Internet basta un link per leggere l’articolo originale senza alcuna condizione, mentre copiando l’articolo stesso da altre parti si sottrae traffico al sito originale, cioè se ne danneggiano economicamente gli autori senza che ce ne sia bisogno.

This is the reason why the Copyright Policy on this and my other personal websites says what it says.

Digital natives so smart that they do not need certificates

nothing-more-dangerousAn interesting article at The Conversation concludes that:

perhaps it’s time for the pen to say it’s farewells for regular use in the classroom, replaced by the smartphone and relegated to ‘writing time’, just like we used to have “computer time” back when I was a kid.

I agree that, in classes where all the students and teachers have both a smartphone and affordable bandwidth always available, smartphones may do much more to improve learning than it usually happens in such classes. Let’s just not forget that such classes are much less common than we may think, even in so-called “first-world countries”.

Apart from that, there is one paragraph in that article that deserves attention: Continue reading Digital natives so smart that they do not need certificates

Semi-random thoughts (and some motivations) about innovation and digital technology

(this is a partial translation of an article I published on the italian Pionero Web magazine in April 2014. The second part will come tomorrow)

Several of my publications and projects come, among other things, from these considerations (which of course I am not the only one to have made!): Continue reading Semi-random thoughts (and some motivations) about innovation and digital technology

When Open Data meets Show and Tell

(this is a proposal for a talk and related workshop that I submitted for a conference that took place in autumn 2013. The proposal was accepted but eventually didn’t happen due to lack of funding for travel expenses. Since the idea is not tied to that specific event in any way, here it is) Continue reading When Open Data meets Show and Tell

Girl Scouts, other equal opportunity employers and… software discrimination

Casual browsing (more on this below) just brought me to the website of the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada (GSSN). As many other organizations of all kinds, in the USA and elsewhere, they are Continue reading Girl Scouts, other equal opportunity employers and… software discrimination