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Grant Potter

https://www.wired.com/story/free-speech-issue-tech-turmoil-new-censorship "The freedom of speech is an important democratic value, but it’s not the only one. In the liberal tradition, free speech is usually understood as a vehicle—a necessary condition for achieving certain other societal ideals: for creating a knowledgeable public; for engendering healthy, rational, and informed debate; for holding powerful people and institutions accountable; for keeping communities lively and vibrant. What we are seeing now is that when free speech is treated as an end and not a means, it is all too possible to thwart and distort everything it is supposed to deliver."

"Creating a knowledgeable public requires at least some workable signals that distinguish truth from falsehood. Fostering a healthy, rational, and informed debate in a mass society requires mechanisms that elevate opposing viewpoints, preferably their best versions. To be clear, no public sphere has ever fully achieved these ideal conditions—but at least they were ideals to fail from. Today’s engagement algorithms, by contrast, espouse no ideals about a healthy public sphere."

"By this point, we’ve already seen enough to recognize that the core business model underlying the Big Tech platforms—harvesting attention with a massive surveillance infrastructure to allow for targeted, mostly automated advertising at very large scale—is far too compatible with authoritarianism, propaganda, misinformation, and polarization. The institutional antibodies that humanity has developed to protect against censorship and propaganda thus far—laws, journalistic codes of ethics, independent watchdogs, mass education—all evolved for a world in which choking a few gatekeepers and threatening a few individuals was an effective means to block speech. They are no longer sufficient."

Grant Potter

Great lens on affordability @s_mark_brown http://www.macleans.ca/education/most-expensive-books/ - 'average spent on books' calculated via bookstore listings?

Grant Potter

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/11/student-debt-data-higher-education It is not possible for debt to perpetually grow faster than the capacity to repay it. Eventually something will have to give.

Grant Potter

http://www.allaboardhe.ie/info/ "we sought, where possible, to explore aspects of ‘confidence’ (or the lack of it) in the use of technologies by everyone engaged in higher education (students, academic staff (faculty), technical, support, and administrative staff)."

Grant Potter

"We need many people exploring many models for scaling and sustaining the impacts of open education..." https://opencontent.org/blog/archives/5244

Grant Potter

https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/opc-news/news-and-announcements/2017/let_171103/ "make education a greater priority by including it as a clear and concrete component in digital literacy curricula across the country."

Grant Potter

https://er.educause.edu/articles/2017/10/higher-education-digital-divides-and-a-balkanized-internet "Rural towns become relatively poorer & less well connected .." more things like http://www.lcdc.ca/about.html needed

Grant Potter

Grant Potter

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/magazine/education-by-the-numbers.html Education by the Numbers: statistics show just how profound the inequalities in America’s education system have become.

Grant Potter