Urgent: Stop [U.S.] American censorship of the Internet

November 16 the U.S. Congress will hold hearings on a bill that would unfairly, recklessly and capriciously enable and encourage broad censorship of the Internet in the name of suppressing distribution of works not authorized by copyright holders. As Public Knowledge aptly summarizes, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” would seriously “threaten the functioning, freedom, and … Read More “Urgent: Stop [U.S.] American censorship of the Internet”

Brazil introduces OER into federal legislation and adopts local government policy

OER seminar at the Sao Paulo Legislative Assembly by reanetbr / CC BY There’s been some exciting announcements in support of open educational resources (OER) in Brazil over the last few weeks. First, legislation was introduced into Brazil’s House of Representatives. The bill deals with three main issues: It 1) requires government funded educational resources to be … Read More “Brazil introduces OER into federal legislation and adopts local government policy”

Commonwealth of Learning adopts CC BY-SA as part of new OER policy

The Commonwealth of Learning (COL), an intergovernmental organization that “helps governments and institutions to expand the scope, scale and quality of learning,” has defined a new policy on open educational resources (OER). In addition to recognizing the importance of OER for teaching, learning, and collaboration among institutions and governments, the Commonwealth of Learning states that … Read More “Commonwealth of Learning adopts CC BY-SA as part of new OER policy”

The Right to Research Coalition's Nick Shockey: Open Education and Policy

Nick Shockey is the Director of the Right to Research Coalition (R2RC) and the Director of Student Advocacy at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).  The R2RC is an international alliance of 31 graduate and undergraduate student organizations, representing nearly 7 million students, that promotes an open scholarly publishing system based on the … Read More “The Right to Research Coalition's Nick Shockey: Open Education and Policy”

Apply for the 2011 Google Policy Fellowship with Creative Commons

We’re happy to announce that for the third year Creative Commons will take part in the Google Policy Fellowship program. The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic … Read More “Apply for the 2011 Google Policy Fellowship with Creative Commons”