Don’t even TALK about P2P in Spain

Jorge CortellJorge Cortell was going to give a presentation on P2P technology and Creative Commons issues, but the Spanish equivalent of the RIAA apparently had a conversation with the University (Polytechnic University of Valencia UPV) where Jorge teaches (pre-tenure) and Jorge found himself with the venue for his presentation pulled out from under him. He gave the presentation, was forced to resign from the University, and the school has attempted to distance itself from his ideas in order to protect themselves.

He needs some American media exposure – spread this story around to anyone you know involved in emerging technology, intellectual property, and academic freedom. Be sure to link to the Polytechnic University of Valencia in English and Spanish for the best googalicious effects.

Keep an eye on the situation by checking the Technorati search on Cortell.

End of Semester

Whew.
My first semester of grad school came to its unofficial end yesterday as I took my final in American Political Thought. Thank goodness the five of spades came up, and not the 3 or the 4! (Final essay question was chosen by the Prof. from five choices by random playing card selection — I think, but I was late due to rain/traffic/wrecks on Hwy. 17, so I’ll never know.)

I still have one more grad class session to show up for, but having turned in my term paper and tossed my short presentation up against the screen, all that’s left is to see the last eight presenters and relax.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Two things I learned in my first semester of graduate school at SJSU:

  • The effect the mass media has on society is not absolute. How we talk to each other about the news and who we talk to about it might matter as much, if not more, than whether we watch CNN or FOX.
  • The battle over how the U.S. should be governed is still going on. Think about that every time Bush mentions he’s reading a book by Alexander Hamilton.

There was more than that, obviously, but those were a couple key points.

Other highlights?

Thanks to the Profs and classmates and others in the department who have kept me interested all semester, who asked me questions about what I was doing here and why, and most of all to my wife for encouraging me to get back into school in the first place.

Summer classes start for me June 7th.

Blogs vs. Education

Just kidding with the “versus.”

Check out what Princeton Prof. Edward Felten has to say about the mandatory group blog his class participated in this semester.

You read that correctly: mandatory group blog. Where do I sign up?

Here’s some of the uncomplicated logistics from Prof. Felten:

“We required each of the twenty-five students in the course to post at least once a week. Each student was assigned a particular day of the week on which his or her entries were due. We divided the due dates evenly among the seven days of the week, to ensure an even flow of new posts, and to facilitate discussion among the students. The staggered due dates worked nicely, and had the unexpected benefit of evening out the instructors’ and students’ blog reading workload.”

The blog in question: Information Technology and the Law.

Found this via The RSS Weblog.

Ubiquitous Internet Access

Relevant to some of what we talked about in yesterday’s conversation/podcast, here’s something via David Weinberger from the Center for Media Research:

“93% of instructional rooms in public schools have Internet access, a serious rise from just 64% in 1999 and only 3% in 1994.”

Wow.

At my junior high school, we had some Apples (not Macs) in a computer lab, where we were taught to use a little archaic animation program to tell a story. (Alex Wancier and I put a little horror movie of some sort together involving the music from Halloween which Alex knew how to play on the piano).

And of course there were a few in the library as well, and those must have had some sort of internet access, because that was how I found out that my Tradewars 2002 nemesis from a local BBS was in fact, an ubergeek from some of my classes. Take THAT Cavalier.

ET Conversations

No not that ET (which disturbs me to this day)… The Good ET. Emerging Technology. Like you didn’t see that coming.

I sat down today to talk with Daniel Sato, Aaron(?) Harry Wu Fu, and Steve Sloan for Steve’s Edupodder podcast recording session.

It was more fun than I expected. We talked about educational uses for online gaming communication models and how ubiquitous wireless internet access might affect adoption of new technology like blogging and podcasting, among other topics. (Somewhere, Dave Winer just grunted “NEW?!?”)

We managed to only mention Scoble once or twice. Honest.

Keep an eye on Steve’s blogs for the podcast, or just subscribe to it here.

Other J-School Bloggers

Before I completely distract myself start studying for the one final I’ve got tomorrow, here’s links to all the J-School Blogs I’ve been paying bits of attention to this semester.

Keep in mind that some of these are set up for specific classes…yes, Professors, it’s remarkably easy to set up a blog for your class where your students can continue conversations, show each other what they’re reading, post drafts of their work, and it’s all in public view, where students and instructors in other places can learn a little bit about what you’re teaching.

That’s just a few. Find more of what interests you by subscribing to feedster/pubsub/technorati feeds via RSS. I’ll write a bit about how to do that when I have more time.

Enjoy.