Archive for May 18th, 2012

Exporting Copyright: Inside the TPP

Ars Technica has a good article on the Trans Pacific Partnership and the copyright concerns raised by the proposed agreement.

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May 18, 2012 1 comment Must Reads

The Future of Education Is Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

  William Gibson, the American-Canadian science fiction writer who coined the term cyberspace, is well-known for having stated “the future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” The quote succinctly points to the gradual dissemination of new technologies that start with first adopters but can take years to spread more widely.

To borrow from Gibson, in recent weeks it has become increasingly clear that the future of education is here, though it is not evenly distributed. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the emerging model flips the current approach of expensive textbooks, closed research, and limited access to classroom-based learning on its head, instead featuring open course materials, open access to scholarly research, and Internet-based courses that can simultaneously accommodate thousands of students. The concern is that other countries are becoming first adopters, while Canada lags behind.

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May 18, 2012 7 comments Columns

The Future of Education Is Here, It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 13, 2012 as Is Canada Lagging Behind in Online Education? William Gibson, the American-Canadian science fiction writer who coined the term cyberspace, is well-known for having stated “the future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” The quote succinctly points to […]

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