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The Splinternet and Freedoms Across Platforms

Article: The Internet is Splintering - The Internet Is Splintering Facebook and Google exist in so many countries. Who should decide the rules in each one? The article above talks about how online companies have to juggle different rules and content to take into account the different rules and laws of countries.  One of the things that the article that i thought was really interesting is the concept of setting common code of conduct as expressed by the Global Network Initiative - something that I think would be invaluable as a…
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Outrage and Cancel Culture Collide

Look on social media over the last couple of days and you would have noticed a series of posts that alleged the Cracker Barrel logo had racist undertones. One Facebook Post read "Thats why blacks called whites crackers, from the crack of the whip. A cracker barrel is a barrel that held the whips for sale at the country store. You see the whip going from the R to the K? Racism in your face!!" As I went out to search for more information on this, a Snopes post revealed…
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Education in the New Internet

What do you think is the future of the Internet?  What do you think it is not doing well that it should be? I think one of the biggest things that I am excited about in terms of internet development is the development of full scale education online. I know - it sounds like a bit of a cop out - considering that the last year has been such a dunk in the deep end of online education.  Because of this, I'd argue that many would think that we're about…
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The Bernie Sanders Meme: Humor and Awareness at the Inauguration

During the Inauguration, a picture of Bernie Sanders sitting patiently waiting for the swearing in of Joe Biden took the internet by storm.  A brief search on Twitter would show the multitude of memes with Bernie in new locations. What I loved about watching these memes on the internet is that the conversation went from "Where can we place Bernie" to the focus on the mittens themselves. As it turns out, the mittens were a gift from an Essex VT schoolteacher,  Jen Ellis , who made the websites based…