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Mathieu Plourde

Digital Accessibility Law and Regulation: Current Status and What to Do About It - 0 views

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    "Jakubowski identified some key steps institutions might take to mitigate risk and set themselves on a path for achieving accessibility success"
Mathieu Plourde

Copyright Advisory Network - Copyright Advisory Network - 0 views

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    "The Copyright Advisory Network (CAN) exists to help librarians understand copyright law and appreciate the important role that they can play in serving the public "to advance the progress of science and the useful arts." We use the Network to respond to copyright questions posed by librarians, but perhaps-more importantly, help librarians learn about copyright from a broader perspective, primarily its impact on information policy issues fundamental to our profession, including free expression, equitable access to information, censorship, and intellectual freedom."
Mathieu Plourde

Surveying The Public Domain - 1A - 0 views

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    "…because of term extensions, we've had to wait almost a century before copyrighted works enter the public domain (in 2019, works from 1923 are finally freely available). Under current copyright terms - life plus 70 years for natural authors, and 95 years from publication for works of corporate authorship - you're unlikely to see any works created in your lifetime enter the public domain. This imposes great (and in many cases unnecessary) costs on creativity, on libraries and archives, on education and on scholarship. More broadly, it imposes costs on our collective culture. Even for the works that are still commercially available, the shrinking public domain increases costs to citizens and limits creative reuse. But at least those works are available. Unfortunately, much of our cultural heritage, perhaps the majority of the culture of the last 80 years, consists of the orphan works described above-works that have no identifiable or locatable copyright holder. Though no one is benefiting from the copyright, they are nevertheless presumptively off limits."
Mathieu Plourde

Fifty colleges sued in barrage of ADA lawsuits over web accessibility - 0 views

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    "Despite the court cases being filed in New York's Southern District, the institutions targeted are located all over the country. All are private colleges, universities or conservatories, and include large research universities such as Northeastern University and Drexel University. Both institutions said they do not comment on ongoing legal matters. Also being sued are Cornell University, Vanderbilt University, the California Institute of the Arts, Oberlin College, Loyola University New Orleans, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and many others."
Mathieu Plourde

An open-source solution for soaring college costs - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    "Every dollar a student can save matters. That is why Virginia recently passed legislation (HB 454) to mandate that every public institution of higher education in the state create a framework to adopt and use open educational resources and low-cost resources across the state."
Mathieu Plourde

THINK: Fresh Opinions, Sharp Analyses and Powerful Essays - 0 views

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    "we cannot be dependent on Facebook's benevolence for protection in a world where so much of our daily activities are codified into data and collected by third parties. Indeed, we should be skeptical of Facebook's own efforts to use artificial intelligence to monitor user data for what it deems dangerous content. To continue down this path is to passively accept a surveillance society and sacrifice the liberty that enables a democracy to flourish."
Mathieu Plourde

Here's How the End of Net Neutrality Will Change the Internet - 0 views

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    Be prepared for a slow-lane Internet unless you can pay up...
Mathieu Plourde

We 'haven't quite got the formula down' to fight bad behaviour on social media - Arts &... - 0 views

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    ""Why not shame and embarrass others, especially the vulnerable, if there are no negative consequences? If people had a stronger sense that online abuse would be followed by legal or social sanctions, then we surely would have less of it," according to Danielle Keats Citron, law professor at the University of Maryland and author of 2014's Hate Crimes in Cyberspace."
Mathieu Plourde

Who Are The 'Gifted And Talented' And What Do They Need? : NPR Ed : NPR - 0 views

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    ""The whole NCLB era, and really back to the first Elementary and Secondary Education Act in the 1960s, was about getting kids to grade level, to minimal proficiency," says Peters. "There seems to be a change in belief now - that you need to show growth in every student.""
Mathieu Plourde

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet' - 0 views

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    "The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one - whether government or corporate - should control free open access to the Internet.""
Mathieu Plourde

Expensive college textbooks targeted by two Puyallup legislators | Education | The News... - 0 views

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    Rep. Hans Zeiger wants to cap it at $100 per book. He introduced House Bill 1958, which would restrict professors from requiring books above that amount unless no comparable lower-cost material is available. The bill would apply to community and technical colleges as well as four-year state universities.
Mathieu Plourde

Senate Higher Education Act Seeks to Tackle College Cost, Transparency - 0 views

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    The House education committee, led by Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., released its reauthorization proposal over the summer in four smaller bills that respectively focus on simplifying the financial aid application process; increasing transparency by creating a centralized "College Dashboard" containing information on student outcomes; increasing financial awareness by providing counseling options for students and families; and promoting innovation through competency-based education pilot programs. All but the first bill have been passed in the chamber, but Democrats have criticized the House package for not doing enough to curb the high cost of college.
Mathieu Plourde

I'm Terrified of My New TV: Why I'm Scared to Turn This Thing On - And You'd Be, Too | ... - 0 views

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    "More troubling is the microphone. The TV boasts a "voice recognition" feature that allows viewers to control the screen with voice commands. But the service comes with a rather ominous warning: "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party." Got that? Don't say personal or sensitive stuff in front of the TV."
Mathieu Plourde

Essay criticizing the TEACH Act @insidehighered - 0 views

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    "As is so often the case in Washington, though, the devil is in the details. Our organizations, along with 19 other higher education groups representing nearly every American college and university, have serious concerns about what the TEACH Act would mean for higher education's ability to use technology to advance learning. In short, the legislation would actually prevent us from using new technology to better serve our students, including students with disabilities."
Mathieu Plourde

What Everyone Gets Wrong in the Debate Over Net Neutrality - 0 views

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    "nternet service providers-Comcast, in particular-have been started to flex their muscle. Transit provider Level 3 says that, as it sends traffic into their networks, the big U.S. ISPs are letting some of its routers overload with data. And amidst these bottlenecks, Comcast is exploring ways of selling its own CDN services that can help companies increase delivery speeds."
Mathieu Plourde

"Sherlock Holmes" Is Now Officially Off Copyright and Open for Business - 0 views

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    "The legal case of Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate that settled the claim actually rested on an interesting issue, whether a copyright claim can persist on a character even if the works depicting that character have fallen out of copyright. The defense of the Doyle estate went something like this: sure, Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are now at least 90 years old, but other stories about Sherlock Holmes are still under copyright, therefore Sherlock Holmes is still under copyright. Judge Richard Posner didn't buy the argument, and he ruled that Sherlock Holmes, the character, is now in the public domain."
Mathieu Plourde

Privacy (TBD): In the online space, what is private may depend on who you are and where... - 0 views

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    ""Privacy in this online environment is a good placeholder for many other areas of law, areas that have either an international dimension or some cross-disciplinary component," he says. "I think that the exploratory, almost playful approach that we apply in Comparative Online Privacy is helpful for other conversations, too.""
Mathieu Plourde

Law Professors Defend Students' Right to Sell Used Textbooks - 0 views

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    "At the end of the semester, however, students would be required to return the print version to the publisher, preventing them from selling their used casebooks back to a bookstore or to their peers. "My immediate reaction was: 'My goodness, they are trying to to kill first sale!'" said Mr. Grimmelmann, a professor of law at Maryland."
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