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Friday, 24 August 2007

Freedom of Speech & Social Networking Tools and Technologies - At Odds in Australia!

It appears to me, that as social networking tools are leaping out at those not ready for them (where have they been), that the world is still not ready for them as we are seeing knee jerk reactions, as to their use. In Australia, most educational insitutions have or are in the process of, denying access to as many social networking tools and technologies as possible. We have this article 'Sky's the limit for MySpace' which acknowledges the growth, the power and the ways in which Myspace is being used globally, with no signs of slowing - only signs of infinite evolution. The article talks about the positives of myspace and the benefits it is bringing to so many around the world. I have to admit, that I would question any music business course or any music course that did not integrate myspace into the learning as I would many other subject or course areas. The sooner those responsible for the education/learning of those in Australia, come to grips with the fact that the world has changed and act accordingly, the better off the learners and in the long run, Australia will be. As you will note from past posts, there is much being done in Australia to block all of these sites on campus and in schools. This done instead of helping learners to use productively and safely. No sense to me at all but it is the way it is and we need to see it change. I have just found the two articles below in todays paper and I am now questionning what appears to be the censorship of the private worlds of others. It is great that the article acknowledge the use of social networking tools and technologies - yes they are being used by many for many reasons - believe it or not. Cats axe star's blog Questions: Should those in the spotlight have their rights to Freedom of Speech taken away? Is this just taking things too far? Who is going to check that all footballers are doing what they consider 'right'? Does this mean the AFL is going to create a policy that is fair to all, or are we going to see random cases such as this, brought to the publics attention? Do we need to consider the laws of equal opportunity in such cases - ALL TREATED IN A LIKE MANNER? Rudd queries PM's staff making 126 Wikipedia edits Is this such a big deal? Is it not one of the features of wikipedia that attracts people - the ability to edit and update. Is it so odd that a politician would ensure that any promotion was tailored for their purposes - thus using wikipedia in a way that suits to get elected? Leave it with you all whilst I digest and post my responses to my own questions. http://rpc.technorati.com/rpc/ping

2 comments:

alexanderhayes said...

Very pink !....but hey that's cool :-)

Just wondering if you'd like to participate in this event ;

http://alexanderhayes.com/wiki/index.php/CIT_National_TAFE_M-learning

I've been invited to present at the CIT National TAFE Construction Conference in Canberra 5 - 9th September 2007.

Rather than stand out the front and tell the 100 or so people what little I do know ( now ) I'd like to invite members of my extended network to contribute to a joint SlideShare presentation which at this point in time is proving very popular with people from around the globe contributing what takes only a little amount of time.

The aim of the game is in 100 words or less to address the question;

What has changed in the area of mlearning in the last year or so, with consideration for it's application in your personal and professional life ?

Here are the examples of whats been returned to date;

http://alexanderhayes.com/wiki/index.php/CIT_National_TAFE_M-learning

What I need to accompany this 100 words or less is a weblink ( URL to a site of choice ) and a thumbnail image or link to an image online. These can all be returned to this email address;

alexanderhayes1969-at-gmail.com

This is a good opportunity to showcase the great things that are happening over your way and considering that this resource will be distributed globally, this will be a great way of networking the networks so to speak. I would really appreciate it if you could please distribute this far and wide to as many people as you can.

I'll be online over the next couple of days so if people are keen to chat they can also Skype me : username is mobology

Hope you can send me something soon and a link to a pic. of you ! :-)

alexanderhayes said...

Try this one also : http://tinyurl.com/yvdnoq