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Four Chapel Hill Odyssey of the Mind teams go to World (in Ames, Iowa)

Paul, · Categories: General

Next week four teams from Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public Schools will go to the World Final Competitions in Ames, Iowa included will be Tucker’s team from Smith Middle School whose long term problem is the vehicle problem.

The Chapel Hill News just issues their ink and virtual Roses to the teams.

If you know anything about Ames, let us know; we’ll be there a week at Iowa State.

Net Neutrality in the Indy (w/Jones)

Paul, · Categories: General

The cover story in this week’s Independent (just on the stands and online) is Fiona Morgan’s long and good article on Net Neutrality, “Technobarons of the 21st Century”. There is plenty said and explained well. Then there is also a heavy dose of Jones including a pull quote in a large box.

The pull quote which is not pulled on the web is:

“It’s about stopping providers from using their near monopoly of network connections to invisibly prevent you from connecting to a site, or to strong-arm content providers into paying fees.” — Paul Jones

To learn more and to become involved at SaveTheInternet.com and let AskTheNinja explain.

Surprises from iTunes Party Shuffle – Byrne edition

Paul, · Categories: General

David Byrne
No telling what I’ve digitized or added amongst the many weeks worth of music I keep in iTunes — until I choose to surprise myself by selecting Party Shuffle. I was suddenly hearing tune after tune that I didn’t recall digitizing when I realized that one day a couple of years back I had added Radio David Byrne to the playlist. Once Shuffle hit that entry, I was captured by a neverending (not reluctantly captured nor reluctantly held, tho) stream of Byrne selected tunes. Right now it’s “A Skewed History: Part III: Latin Rock” Just reading the Byrne intro is a treat — then the music!
You can be captured too. Go here. Rewards await.

Filterings Effects from Free Expression Policy Project

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The Free Expression Policy Project at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law has released a report on the effects of Internet filters used to comply with the “Children’s Internet Protection Act”.

The preamble:

No sooner was the Internet upon us than anxiety arose over the ease of accessing pornography and other controversial content. In response, entrepreneurs soon developed filtering products. By the end of the decade, a new industry had emerged to create and market Internet filters …

Yet filters were highly imprecise from the beginning. The sheer size of the Internet meant that identifying potentially offensive content had to be done mechanically, by matching “key” words and phrases; hence, the blocking of Web sites for “Middlesex County,” or words such as “magna cum laude.

Internet filters are crude and error-prone because they categorize expression without regard to its context, meaning, and value. Yet these sweeping censorship tools are now widely used in companies, homes, schools, and libraries. Internet filters remain a pressing public policy issue to all those concerned about free expression, education, culture, and democracy.

This fully revised and updated report surveys tests and studies of Internet filtering products from the mid-1990s through 2006. It provides an essential resource for the ongoing debate.

All of the documents are in PDF despite saying “Read the entire report online.”
Highlights page [PDF]
Press Release [PDF]
and “Read the entire report online” [PDF]