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Reflections on the Knowledge Society

  1. Can we save open education?
    Open Education is supposed to be a good thing, right? Philanthropic promoters, like myself, stress the value of free open education as a public good. I perceive it as one of the few things that emerged from the 1990s utopia of the free open Internet promising a “new world” and a new and fairer age […]
  2. E-book market has reached ceiling
    Ever since Amazon brought out their first kindle e-book reader in 2007, the techno gurus hyped the rise of e-books to the extent of predicting that print items would soon disappear altogether and were doomed for oblivion. The large majority of learning technologists anticipated the end of books and prints (including newspapers) and invented more […]
  3. Faking science
    This is alarming news: Perhaps due to pressures to “publish or perish” a shadow publishing economy has developed that supports faking scientific research. We’ve heard before about faking data and results, plagiarism, and pseudo-journals where anything can be put into print. This is yet another assault on research ethics. This time it’s directed at the […]
  4. Digital exploitation in a “new” society
    This is an interesting book by Christian Fuchs: Digital Labour and Karl Marx. A quote from the description: The book ”Digital Labour and Karl Marx” shows that labour, class and exploitation are not concepts of the past, but are at the heart of computing and the Internet in capitalist society. The work argues that our […]
  5. Losing data ownership
    Two disturbing trends are emerging: (1) Subscriptions Microsoft let it slip lately that they want to release Windows 10, their next version of operating system, on a subscription basis. While this may be positive for companies since it creates a steady stream of income, it’s bad news for consumers. As more companies take this direction, […]

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