Another dot in the blogosphere?


Posted on: November 13, 2021

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a prophet warning others of impending doom? Climate activists and scientists do. They know what it is like to be ignored.

The edtech world has observers and prophets who gaze forward and see issues too. This world does not have as urgent a set of problems, but they are no less important.

One issue is the commoditisation and commercialisation of education. We should be worried when open courses meant to level access get locked behind paywalls. We should be even more worried when a mega company that is irresponsible with user data wants in on the game.

It has been said that if an online service is free, you are not its user or customer. You are its data and product. 

Like managing climate change, what we do individually matters. We can limit what Facebook does with our data and with us as data points. We might not be in the position to create or enforce regulations, but we can take personal control. If we do not take action, we only have ourselves to blame. 

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