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Schools coping with funding cuts by using free but unvetted online materials

TORONTO - A move away from textbooks in response to government cost-cutting is increasingly pushing teachers and students in Ontario toward free online materials that may not have been properly vetted for suitability, a report issued Monday concludes. As a result, the report on digital learning by the activist group People for Education recommends development of a policy framework around the use of such resources. "Typically, free online materials are chosen by teachers based on their professional judgment," the report states.

Ruling party mulls reinstating state history textbook

SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- Leaders of the ruling Saenuri Party on Wednesday called for debate on the issue of reinstating state history textbooks as an alternative to the private sector textbooks that have caused controversy over their alleged biased content. Controversy over the textbooks has grown in recent weeks as a number of high schools across the country have canceled their choice of a new history textbook under pressure from students, alumni and left-leaning civic groups.

U.S. spying harms cloud computing, Internet freedom: Wikipedia founder

By Nerijus Adomaitis OSLO (Reuters) - The United States' alleged large-scale surveillance of global communications networks will badly harm the U.S. cloud computing industry, the founder of Wikipedia said on Thursday. Jimmy Wales, who launched the online encyclopaedia service 12 year ago, said the U.S. eavesdropping, revealed by leaks from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, also poses a threat to Internet freedoms by giving an excuse to oppressive regimes to introduce more censorship.

Female scientists in Wikipedia under microscope in Rhode Island edit-a-thon

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Look up a female scientist or technologist on Wikipedia, and you might not find what you're looking for. Many don't have detailed pages or any page at all on the free online encyclopedia created by contributors, the vast majority of them men. It's a symptom of a larger problem for women in so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — where men far outnumber women. Even women who have done pioneering work in these fields don't always get recognition. Since 2009, no woman has won a Nobel Prize in science.

Publisher says not to give up publication of controversial textbook

SEOUL, Sept. 16 (Yonhap) -- A local publishing company said Monday it will not give up the publication of its controversial history textbook accused of ideological bias, but said will revise it upon the education ministry's orders. Media reports have said Kyohak Publishing Co. is seriously considering not publishing the controversial textbook, yielding to threats of a boycott of all school textbooks to be published by the company and other products, as well as threats of terrorism.

Wikipedia aims for billion users with mobile spread

Wikipedia is aiming to use mobile phones to reach a billion people by 2015, a senior executive has said, doubling the present number. The rapid spread of cellular networks in the developing world is providing fertile ground for this expansion, even as it robs the site of potential editors, Jay Walsh, senior director of communications at the Wikimedia Foundation, told AFP in Tokyo. Reaching people in far-flung parts of the world where computers are scarce requires a pared down, text-only version of the collaborative online encyclopaedia, he said.
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