A win for online education and sensible sanctions regulation. Today, online course provider Coursera says it is able to re-open the majority of its classes to Iranian students, a few months after US sanctions on Iran and certain other nations forced the start-up to block learners in those countries from its site.
The opening address at the e-G8 conference in Paris from the French president certainly woke up the assembled digerati.
John Perry Barlow, co-founder of open-internet campaigner Electronic Frontier Foundation, set the tone when he tweeted a previous Nicolas Sarkozy quote – “The internet is the new frontier, a territory to conquer” – with the sharp reply: “And I am in Paris to stop him.” Read more
The internet community has derided proposals by Andy Burnham, the culture secretary, to introduce age ratings for websites – with one blogger “kidnapping” the MP’s online identity in protest.
Mike Butcher, who blogs about technology and start-up businesses at Techcrunch, has claimed the username “andyburnham” at Twitter, the short-form blogging service, in an attempt to educate him about some “essential truths” of the internet. Read more