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Pirate practices and economical change

Posted: September 30, 2010 by alxbal in Classes, Research, Resources

Hi all,

in Yesterday’s class we started an interesting discussion on copyright and copyleft issues. We also watch a video of Matt Mason who wrote the book “pirates dilema”. A longer version is at

Here is an example of how a “pirating” activity becomes no longer a pirating activities once businesses figure out how to profit from them…. Youtube now has a lot of copyrighted content freely available, with the knowledge and approval of copyright owners. See how it works in this wired article:

The book The starfish and the spider explains this very well as well.

Open Source Alrternatives:


Cory Doctorow: My computer says no – opinion – 07 June 2010 – New Scientist.

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1) What does your current digital footprint says about you,

My digital footprint is very passive and it says nothing about me at all, nothing as to my social, personal or even my professional life.  When I googled my name, I discovered that there are many others with the name “Navdeep Sahota” who have done somewhat of a mediocre job at developing their mark on the digital world. I am not surprised at all because I have never really made the effort to use the digital world to create an image of myself that can be seen by anyone. My facebook account has many privacy settings on it, which is why I can’t be found on facebook when searched by a random person. When I “spezified” my name, I actually found my name on the “Heart Lake Senior Girls Team Scores” webpage. This was quite surprising because I have never seen this webpage before. Through this webpage, one will know that I attended Sandalwood Heights Secondary School and played on the senior girls basketball team. I don’t know how accurate this page is because Amanda Morgan wasn’t on my team and I am not too sure as to what the numbers mean. (It definitely can’t be the points we scored against HeartLake).

2) Would you want an employer or teacher to see that? What do you want it to show and say?

Definitely not because I am basically non-existent in the digital world and an employer or teacher wouldn’t be interested in seeing that I was on a basketball team. I am not quite sure exactly what I want my digital footprint to say about me but I hope as I continue to establish it, I find out exactly as to how it should define me. I know that I want my digital footprint to really express who I am and what I hope to be. I want it to define my years at Ryerson, specifically what I’ve learned and accomplished, and then my professional career.

week 2 vblog question of the week

Posted: September 13, 2010 by alxbal in Articles, Assignment 1, vblog
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Read this article: What is the importance of a digital identity?

Articles of Interests:

Some how to pages

Tech research resources

Posted: September 13, 2010 by alxbal in Research, Resources
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Research is a way of life not a task

– Daily activities to build knowledge base:

– RSS feeds (google reader)

engadget, boing boing, Instructables, Networked_Performance, we make money not art,digg, Delicious/SocialTechnologiesForYoungChildren

– Forums or websites


Youtube feeds


– Magazines


– Colleagues and peer group: