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September 18, 2008

Worlds apart together

Sometimes things just seem to come together in odd ways!

Take this afternoon for example...

On the one hand, the jisc-repositories mailing list came briefly to life with a discussion about the legality of storing images of people without having explicitly gained their permission.  A variety of viewpoints came forth, both for and against, which I would broadly categorise (very unfairly!) as common sense vs. legal sense.

Meanwhile, at almost exactly the same time in another corner of the universe, James Clay was waiving his mobile phone/video camera around indiscriminately during question time at the MoLeNET conference, broadcasting all and sundry live to qik.com and challenging (in quite an "in your face" way) the assembled panel to comment on the impact of mobile technology on the delivery of learning in FE. 

The sound isn't brilliant throughout, but it's worth watching.

I don't know what point I'm making here other than to note the obvious - that nothing is straight-forward and that the 'net continues to change, and change us, in quite fundamental ways.


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For what it is worth, I don't think it is unfair at all.

I was at a meeting about putting lectures online. *Lots* of copyright (and data protection and permissions) issues raised, but at the end it was agreed that unless we wanted to just keep the status quo, we would just need to have a good take-down policy and get on with it.

How refreshing!

Oh if the repository world could take the same outlook to it all.

Chris Keene

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