Open Web Lost?

FIPPA • privacy • corporate co-opting • Net Neutrality • risk • patent system • security • Activism • trolls • open washing • CISPA • spying • fraud • tracking • hacking • apathy • CALEA • data snooping • LMS-ification • mass surveillance • Facebook • phishing • NSA • Gamergate

The Web We Lost (Anil Dash)

This isn’t our web today. We’ve lost key features that we used to rely on, and worse, we’ve abandoned core values that used to be fundamental to the web world. To the credit of today’s social networks, they’ve brought in hundreds of millions of new participants to these networks, and they’ve certainly made a small number of people rich.

But they haven’t shown the web itself the respect and care it deserves, as a medium which has enabled them to succeed. And they’ve now narrowed the possibilities of the web for an entire generation of users who don’t realize how much more innovative and meaningful their experience could be.

Farewell to Google Code (Damn You, Google!)

Another Google Web Site Bits the Dust
Another Google Web Site Bits the Dust

Waiting for the Great Leap Forward (Martin Weller)

But I don’t see such a big change 2010-2015 – which is not to say lots hasn’t happened. In specific areas I’m sure people will say “assessment has changed radically” or similar, but I don’t feel there has been this major social technological change that has then impacted upon education. It’s been a case of making the existing things better, bigger, more world-controlling. So does this mean we are due another major change soon? Or do we we enter a period now of settling down, of existing stuff expanding?




Image Credit: By Bert Kaufmann from Roermond, Netherlands [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons