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Net Neutrality

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 20th November 2014

The companies lobbying furiously against strong net neutrality, in one chart

http://www.vox.com/xpress/2014/11/12/7196761/net-neutrality-lobbying

The companies lobbying furiously against strong net neutrality

What is network neutrality?

Consumers generally connect to the internet one of two ways. They can subscribe to a residential broadband service from a company such as Time Warner Cable. Or they can subscribe to wireless internet access from companies such as Sprint.

These companies have spent billions of dollars laying cables in the ground (in the case of residential internet access) or erecting cell phone towers (for wireless access) to ensure that customers have fast, reliable service.

Network neutrality is the idea that these companies should treat all internet traffic equally. It says your ISP shouldn’t be allowed to block or degrade access to certain websites or services, nor should it be allowed to set aside a “fast lane” that allows content favored by the ISP to load more quickly than the rest.

Since the term was coined more than a decade ago, it has been at the center of the debate over internet regulation. Congress, the Federal Communications Commission(FCC), and the courts have all debated whether and how to protect network neutrality.

Advocates argue that network neutrality lowers barriers to entry online, allowing entrepreneurs to create new companies like Google, Facebook, and Dropbox. But critics warn that regulating the broadband market could be counterproductive, discouraging investment in internet infrastructure and limiting the flexibility of ISPs themselves to innovate.

In January, an appeals court invalidated FCC regulations designed to protect network neutrality. The agency is currently considering how to respond.

QuickWire: College and Library Groups Petition FCC on Net Neutrality

http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/quickwire-college-and-library-groups-petition-fcc-on-net-neutrality/53977

Netflix is a Data Hog And other myths about Net Neutrality

https://medium.com/backchannel/netflix-is-a-data-hog-6e790140b189

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http://theoatmeal.com/blog/net_neutrality

http://qz.com/294154/the-real-reason-that-us-internet-service-providers-are-terrified-of-strong-net-neutrality/

 

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technology for early childhood students

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th November 2014

Plan for today, Mon, Nov 17 class session:

Parent involvement in their children’s social emotional and academic development.

  1. Introduce myself, who I am, who do I work with. Why is it good to know IMS and consider working with IMS. How to contact us – 5 min
  2. Start with a video from the following IMS blog entry: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/05/01/on-digital-literacy/ :
    http://youtu.be/d5kW4pI_VQw – 2 min. What is the video about, how do students think it relates to their class (parent involvement in their children’s social emotional and academic development) – about 5 min
  3. Group work assignment – what is digital literacy and why is it important to people of all ages:
    Students work in groups and outline a definition of digital literacy and a list of 5 reasons about the importance – 5 min
    Study and discuss the following infographic (5 min)
    http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/10/16/early-learners-tech-use/
    For and against children spending time with technology. Gaming, social media, and computer use in general as addiction. “Disconnect/Unplugged” (Sherry Turkle) versus contemplative computing and similar meditative and contemplative practices: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/11/05/getting-unplugged/
  4. Discussion on how does digital literacy vary between age groups; how do people from different ages communicate. How do they work together and help each other when learning about digital literacy. Who is the best source for students to learn about digital literacy (hint – IMS ;)) – 10 min
    Suggested source for more information: The SlideShare presentation on the IMS blog entry: http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/05/01/on-digital-literacy/: http://www.slideshare.net/dajbelshaw/etmooc-t3-s1-digital-literacies-with-dr-doug-belshaw
  5. Discussion on digital identity, digital citizenship, privacy and security. – 10 min
    http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/10/03/digital-identity-and-digital-citizenship/
  6. Questions and suggestions regarding

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technology for social workers

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th November 2014

Plan for Sylvester Lamin’s course:

  1. introduce myself – 5 min
  2. discuss with students how they see the impact of technology on their work – 5 min
  3. discuss with students the implications of technology on their work – 15
    http://www.socialworklicensure.org/articles/social-media-social-work.html
    http://www.socialworkblog.org/practice-and-professional-development/2011/07/social-work-social-media-where-are-the-ethical-boundaries/
    http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2013/jul/23/social-workers-social-media-challenge-perception
    email as unreliable medium
    privacy
    security
  4. discuss with students the possibilities, which SCSU resources and Internet resources can provide for collaboration, creativity and streamlining the work of the social worker – 15
    File space at SCSU versus other free resources
    keeping data in the cloud
    collaborating on documents and policies
    sharing data with clients
  5. Other issues, ideas – 10

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Teenagers, The Internet, And Privacy

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 5th November 2014

The Truth About Teenagers, The Internet, And Privacy

http://www.fastcompany.com/3037962/then-and-now/the-truth-about-teenagers-the-internet-and-privacy

danah boyd, a professor at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, argues that teenagers closely scrutinize what they share online because it is a way for them to negotiate their changing identities. In her book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens, she describes how teenagers carefully curate their feeds based on the audience they are trying to reach.

Adolescents have been migrating away from Facebook and Twitter over the last few years, showing preference for sites like Snapchat, Whisper, Kik, and Secret that provide more anonymity and privacy. Part of this transition can be explained by the fact that the older social media sites stopped being cool when parents joined them, but perhaps another reason could be that teenagers growing up in the post-Snowden era implicitly understand the value of anonymity. For teens, it’s not a matter of which platform to use, but rather which works best in a particular context.

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Mobile Video Advertising

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd November 2014

Mobile Video Advertising Still The Hot Ticket

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/236980/mobile-video-advertising-still-the-hot-ticket.html

Traffic Share (Mobile Phone Operating System)
Operating System Share of Traffic Share of Revenue
Android

57.64%

41.77%

iOS

30.2

51.20

Other

6.37

5.91

Symbian

4.37

0.47

BlackBerry

1.20

0.49

Windows

0.22

0.12

Source: Opera Mediaworks, October 2014

Social Networking is still the most popular category in mobile advertising, accounting for about 1 in 5 ad impressions. At the same time, Music, Video and Media sites and apps drive the most revenue, with 23%

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Early Learners’ Tech Use

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th October 2014

‘Screen Time’ Alone Too Limited a Gauge of Early Learners’ Tech Use, Report Says

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2014/10/screen_time_early_learners_RAND.html

screen time as the sole measure of what’s OK for children is no longer adequate, the RAND researchers argue that screen-time limits shoudn’t go the way of the VCR:

Limits on screen time may remain important in restricting use that is passive, sedentary, or noneducational, and they may also prove useful in ensuring that children engage in a balanced combination of activities.

However, a more-comprehensive definition of developmentally appropriate technology use will empower ECE providers and families to make better decisions about the ways in which young children use technology–and help maximize the benefits young children receive from this use.

my note: information on Pinterest still goes the other direction. E.g.:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/284923113897755173/
screen time

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drones

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 15th October 2014

If you are interested in sharing ideas about DJI dronesplease do consider sharing them under this blog entry

Here is more on drones at our blog:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?s=drone

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Female Programmers

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 6th October 2014

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/10/06/345799830/the-forgotten-female-programmers-who-created-modern-tech

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broadband speed: domestically vs globally

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 5th October 2014

US States With the Most Improved Broadband Speeds and Rates 2009-2014

http://www.bluefirebroadband.com/blog/broadband-speed-improvement/

broadband increase by Mbps

Minnesota:

Average Speed (Mbps)
2009: 12.45
2014: 24.23
Average price (per Mbps)
2009: $5.29
2014: $3.13
Speed Increase
195%
Price Decrease
41%

U.S. broadband speeds are improving, but still far behind global leaders

http://bgr.com/2014/07/03/u-s-broadband-speeds-vs-global-speeds/

Hong Kong, Switzerland and the Netherlands rounded out the top 5 with average Internet speeds of 13.3Mbps, 12.7Mbps and 12.4Mbps, respectively.

America’s national average of 10.5Mbps placed it in the No. 12 position globally.

Akamai: Global Average Broadband Speeds Up By 25%, U.S. Up 29% To 6.7 Mbps

http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/09/akamai-global-average-broadband-speeds-up-by-25-u-s-up-29-to-6-7-mbps/

South Korea continues to remain the connection king, with an average connection speed of 15.7Mbps. The U.S., meanwhile, doesn’t make it into the top-10 countries (it’s ranked 12th) but at least it’s speeding up

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tech for faculty top priority?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd October 2014

per M Pacansky-Brock tweet:
81% of IT officials say faculty development for use of tech in teaching is top priority

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/10/01/survey-shows-training-and-support-remain-top-issues-among-it-officials

college and universities are unable to offer the right training to faculty, staff and students. IT officials’ evaluations of their own institutions’ IT infrastructure present almost a mirror image of their list of priorities. While 81.4 percent of respondents listed faculty development as their top priority, only 27.9 percent rated their existing training offerings as excellent (or a seven on a seven-point scale). At 12.8 percent, IT training for students drew the second-lowest share of respondents giving it an excellent rating.

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