fOSSa 2015 was such a great conference that I and Wouter Tebbens already wrote four other posts about it (see below). Here are the last bits that are worth sharing but did not fit elsewhere. Continue reading final bits from fOSSa 2015, from Open Education to Ecology
I had (at least) three big reasons to be at the fOSSa 2015 conference, a couple of weeks ago. Two already covered elsewhere and one, “Citizen Cloud: Towards a more decentralized internet?”, that deserves its own separate post. Continue reading Citizen cloud thoughts, after fOSSa 2015
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… not just to that author but, above all, to all the people with which you “share” that stuff.
Why? Because, by definition, if they can see what you copied they could have seen it just as well MUCH BETTER on the original website. Because that is the ONLY place where everybody could immediately :
- be sure that they are reading the last version of that piece, with all corrections, updates and so on
- see who the author is, what else she does and, if they want it of course, how to support her
- read other pieces from him or her, if they like what they read
- criticize or discuss that content directly with the author herself, and everybody else who already did the same
by “copying online stuff without authorization, you deprive all other Internet users of all these possibilities. Why? Is that right?
This is the reason why the Copyright Policy on this and my other personal websites says what it says.
An 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
(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
(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
is that ridiculous disclaimer plastered over too many clueless websites Continue reading The biggest lie on the Internet…
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