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Moving backwards (Part 1)

Posted on: May 16, 2015

Several months ago, I met someone who told me that his organization was hesitant to use YouTube as a platform to host educational videos.

Perhaps you have heard of YouTube. YouTube, the second most popular search engine. YouTube, the near ubiquitous app on smartphones. YouTube, the host of videos which are becoming the text that learners become literate in by virtue of sheer appeal.

YouTube, a free hosting platform for totally open or selectively shared videos. Zero dollars, infinite storage, and about as reliable as your supply of electricity or water.

The reason I was given for that organization not adopting YouTube was Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). Ludicrous.

Imagine instructors and learners deciding to make very boring recordings that revealed names and personally identifiable information of other people. Now that would be ludicrous.

The policy decision to not use YouTube was made by a higher-up who does not understand nor see the needs on the ground. This was the same “leader” who saw it fit to try to prevent workers from using work wifi on their phones some years ago. He eventually had to give in when the BYOD tsunami swept in.

What will it take for that person to stop paddling backwards against this tsunami?

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