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Educator, instructional technologist, tinkerer, musicmaker, hauler of bootstraps

Grant Potter

Independent Third-Party Review of @AthabascaU (PDF) "develop a plan for the redevelopment of its information and communication technology infrastructure and services, so that the institution capitalizes on available flexible and cloud-based services and positions itself to be responsive to future developments in the field."

Grant Potter Self-Defense is @eff's guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology & developing careful practices

Grant Potter "But the main problem with the virtual assistant is that it fosters an approach to the world that is literally thoughtless, leaving users disinclined to sit out any prolonged frustration of desire, and ever less critical about the processes that result in gratification."

Grant Potter "Perhaps the most compelling vision of the technological future is also the most modest."

Grant Potter "First copyright statute in the USA was called An Act for the Encouragement of Learning. Copyright terms were to last fourteen years, with the option to renew for another fourteen, but only if the author was alive at the end of the first term. The idea was to strike a “pragmatic bargain” between authors and the reading public. Authors would get a limited monopoly on their work so they could make a living from it; but their work would retire quickly into the public domain."‬

Grant Potter

‪"Many institutions see information technology as an afterthought ..." ‬

Grant Potter "He said he got his first job out of school without any real qualifications, having skipped university to start up a tech blog and write software."

Grant Potter Sideways dictionary: a dictionary, but using analogies instead of definitions. Use it as a tool for finding and sharing helpful analogies to explain technology

Grant Potter "We may learn from this that it is a mistake to suppose that any technological innovation has a one-sided effect. Every technology is both a burden and a blessing; not either-or, but this-and-that"

Grant Potter "The trouble is that individual researchers perceive that they stand to lose from becoming more open, given the prevailing incentives, at least in the short term. This is a variation on the now familiar (albeit still depressing) problem of the “tragedy of the commons.”