Archive for March 9th, 2011

U.S. Government Funding For Open Education Materials a “Game Changer”

The technology community is fond of referring to announcements that fundamentally alter a sector or service as a “game changer”. Recent examples include the debut of the Apple iTunes store in 2003, which demonstrated how a digital music service that responds to consumer demands was possible, and Google’s Gmail, which upended web-based email in 2004 by offering 1 gigabyte of storage when competitors like Microsoft’s Hotmail were providing a paltry 2 megabytes.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) recently covered the U.S. government announcement of its own game changer, though it attracted far less attention than iTunes or Gmail. Led by the Departments of Labor and Education, it committed US$2 billion toward a new program to create free online teaching and course materials for post-secondary programs of two years or less.

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March 9, 2011 24 comments Columns

U.S. Government Funding For Open Education Materials a “Game Changer”

Appeared on February 27, 2011 in the Toronto Star as U.S. digital project signals the rise of versatile e-textbooks The technology community is fond of referring to announcements that fundamentally alter a sector or service as a “game changer”. Recent examples include the debut of the Apple iTunes store in […]

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Canadian Lawyers on C-32: Fix the Digital Lock Rules

The National Post runs a feature on the legal profession’s views on Bill C-32.  Several lawyers are quoted expressing concern with the digital lock rules.  The article concludes “ultimately, most lawyers suggest that the fair dealing definitions and exceptions should be broadened and consumers should have the right to break […]

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March 9, 2011 9 comments Must Reads

Conservatives and Bloc Negotiating C-32 Deal?

The Wire Report reports that the Conservatives and the Bloc are negotiating a deal on C-32 that would allow for the bill to pass in return for several reforms including the removal of fair dealing for education and the exception for broadcasters.

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March 9, 2011 8 comments Must Reads