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  • E-democracy is working on a blog post on the Top Ten Reasons Facebook (Alone) Doesn’t Cut It for Neighbors Online. This is a partial, extra-short summary of that page, expressly written in the hope that it will motivate you to join that discussion, understand what is at stake and get out of the dangerous “Facebook-only” bubble. by using only Facebook you eliminate at least 1⁄3 of your potential online audience, not to mention inter-generational connection potential
  • (this page is part of my 2011 report on “Open Data: Emerging trends, issues and best practices”. Please follow that link to reach the Introduction and Table of Content, but don’t forget to also check the notes for readers of the initial report of the same project, “Open Data, Open Society”) During the 2010⁄2011 winter the discussions around the Cablegate and other documents published by Wikileaks have, in some occasion, included hostility towards Open Data.
  • (this page is part of my 2011 report on “Open Data: Emerging trends, issues and best practices”. Please follow that link to reach the Introduction and Table of Content, but don’t forget to also check the notes for readers! of the initial report of the same project, “Open Data, Open Society”) It is worthwile to begin by mentioning several events, happened between the end of 2010 and the first months of 2011, that can help to understand what will be the place and role of Open Data in the future, as well as the challenges faced by its advocates.
  • Many non-profit, non government organizations (NGO), including those who try to express dissent in authoritarian regimes, use popular software like Windows or Microsoft Office for their activities without paying for a regular license, because they have no money. Therefore, charging these organizations for software piracy is an effective way to shut down disturbing voices. They are violating laws, after all. According to the New York Times, “Microsoft is vastly expanding its efforts to prevent governments from using software piracy inquiries as a pretext to suppress dissent.
  • Here is a new online course, one teaching concepts that every parent, teacher or other educator should know. Please write me (mfioretti, at nexaima.net) or contact directly VIS if you are interested in an English edition. The goal of the course, which will begin on Dec. 9th, 2009 and doesn’t require any specialistic knowledge, is to allow participants to really understand: what computer, software and other digital technologies really are