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[Xmca-l] Re: Fwd: Saddening, maddening and unacceptable -- but we're not surprised.
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Hi Lisa and others,
The fact that educators do not see Net Neutrality as important in education is in itself sad and does not bode well for education as a field. The ideas behind Net Neutrality permeate I think the thinking of the generation that has grown up using the Web. One poignant example was when Charles Murray came to talk at Middlebury College and there were large scale protests forcing him off campus. Many tsked tsked and portrayed it as a free speech issue. Reading the words of some of the students who had protested I didn't think so, it was much closer to the idea of Net Neutrality, that each person has equal access to voice. The argument was that Murray could speak as much as he wants he just shouldn't be supported by the administration in his speaking because that gave him an unfair advantage in his voice. Why was the administration giving that advantage against the wishes of the community. Try as they might the students could not convince people who argued that all ideas should be given a platform and Murray shouldn't be denied simply could not get this wasn't a free speech issue to them, that there was a difference. I wonder if much of the same thing going on. Do people really understand the meaning of Net Neutrality and a shared online Commons that cannot really be controlled? It is often presented in terms of commerce (to be fair when Tim Wu coined the phrase he did so in terms of commerce, which was a mistake I fear, and we need to find another way to talking about it maybe). I fear that those who have found voice will see this as yet another betrayal by an older generation that does not understand them and does not care about them. The fact Lisa that you have such a hard time finding homes speaks to this as well. Do we even know what we are doing anymore?
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Yamagata-Lynch, Lisa (Lisa Yamagata-Lynch)
Sent: Thursday, April 27, 2017 11:49 AM
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Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Fwd: Saddening, maddening and unacceptable -- but we're not surprised.
Michael and others,
I hope that this is ok to share to this group. My research team at the University of Tennessee have 2 articles, one that just came out and another in press about Net Neutrality and studying about it from a CHAT perspective. We had a hard time finding the right homes for these articles primarily because reviewers did not see Net Neutrality as a relevant topic in education. If the two articles are not interesting to many in this community I apologize for mass sharing.
Both journals are Open Access journals. The IJQM (http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ijq) article is already free to the public as long as you are able to access the Internet, and the IRRODL (http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl) article will be free to the public as well when it comes out will be free to the public as well.
We will be at the Jean Piaget Society Conference in June to present our work on this.
Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, Associate Professor
Psychology and Counseling
IT Online Program Coordinator
On Apr 27, 2017, 11:37 AM -0400, mike cole <firstname.lastname@example.org>, wrote:
Seems important to all the members of xmca Mike
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From: Mark Surman, Mozilla <Mozilla@e.mozilla.org
Date: Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 8:27 AM
Subject: Saddening, maddening and unacceptable -- but we're not surprised.
At stake: free speech, innovation, education and cat videos
It's been a while since we've talked about net neutrality. Big things are happening in Washington right now, so let's get caught up.
*Yesterday afternoon, the Federal Communications Commission's new Chairman Ajit Pai announced a proposal to gut net neutrality.*
If you need a refresher on what net neutrality means, here is the John Oliver video <https://click.e.mozilla.org/?qs=fb70275726b78662666a979ef248dd46c5cc933ccd703156df00c9d10b4302f40af4c7322049fe99cf8d7a3364f3d1632e9677b164ed4c2c
that broke it down and then broke it out into the mainstream.
[image: FCC Chairman announces plans to reverse U.S. net neutrality protections] <https://click.e.mozilla.org/?qs=fb70275726b78662cfbe7534a95d55acb7b331f3f650a5eecfb2aa1e09257c07562a1a7ed30b69581134f678bbf324715cf565207c03c59a
We've got a fight on our hands if we want to protect our ability to say, watch and make what we want online without interference from corporate interests. Without this basic principle, the Internet could break down into fast lanes for the rich and slow lanes for everyone else.
Two years ago, the Federal Communications Commission passed rules protecting net neutrality. A lot can change in two years. *Now, net neutrality is threatened by that same agency.* Chairman Pai is proposing to seek public comment on undoing the FCC's 2015 order, including both net neutrality rules and the clear legal authority on which they relied. That proposal will be voted on at the FCC's next meeting on May 18th.
This all means that we need to act immediately and rally the millions of voices who care about the Internet to remind Chairman Pai and the FCC it is their job to protect net neutrality. And when we say rally voices, we mean VOICES. We're going old school in the battle to protect net neutrality.
We're fighting to save the Internet with voicemail!
*Here's what we need you to do: *
1. Pick up your phone.
2. Dial (888) 534-6762.
3. Wait for the beep.
4. When you hear that beep, start talking. Tell Chairman Pai why net neutrality is important to you.*
*Need a few reminders of how net neutrality makes the Internet better? * Here you go:
- *For concerned Internet users:* Net neutrality is fundamental to free speech. Without net neutrality, big companies could censor your voice and make it harder to speak up online. Net neutrality has been called the "First Amendment of the Internet."
- *For web developers and small business owners:* Net neutrality is fundamental to innovation. Without net neutrality, big Internet service providers can choose which services and content load quickly, and which move at a glacial pace. That means the big guys can afford to buy their way in, while the little guys don't stand a chance.
- *For teachers and students:* Net neutrality is fundamental to quality education. Without net neutrality, ISPs could block resources that compete with their own offerings, letting them choose the sources you can use for research, perhaps based on who is willing or able to pay an extra fee.
- *For people who love cat videos:* Net neutrality is fundamental to a healthy Internet. Without net neutrality, ISPs could decide you watched too many cat videos in one day and throttle your Internet speeds leaving you behind on the latest Maru memes.
There are a million reasons why we must protect net neutrality. Record a voicemail and give Chairman Pai yours. We'll deliver everyone's messages straight to the FCC. We plan to play them in public in advance of their big meeting in May.
P.S. Can't get to a phone to leave a voicemail? Go to the FCC's comment page <https://click.e.mozilla.org/?qs=fb70275726b78662cfbe7534a95d55acb7b331f3f650a5eecfb2aa1e09257c07562a1a7ed30b69581134f678bbf324715cf565207c03c59a
to send a written message to FCC Chairman Pai.
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