Dans Le Monde, des profs français plébiscitent la Khan Academy

La Khan Academy va-t-elle révolutionner les cours de maths en classe ?

Beau succès pour le travail commun de Bibliothèques sans frontières et Khan Academy depuis deux ans… et chaque année ce sont de nouveaux convertis à qui ces cours gratuits en ligne sont utiles !

La Khan Academy va-t-elle révolutionner les cours de maths en classe ?

Great analysis of the @cnnum’s platform neutrality report by @michaelgurstein

I will only quote the conclusion:

How innovative the report actually is can be seen from a highly critical blogpost from a well-known US based tech industry commentator which more or less completely misses the point. This commentary situates the discussion solely within the context of the ultimately sterile and dysfunctional US regulatory distinction between (regulated) “telecommunications services” and (non-regulated) “information services”.

Ooh-la-la, the French Get (Inter)Net Neutrality Right: It’s All About the Platform Monopolies–Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter etc. | Gurstein’s Community Informatics.

Pendant ce temps, dans la vraie vie : « Russia admits its soldiers have been caught in Ukraine »

Russia admits its soldiers have been caught in Ukraine | World news | theguardian.com

Pendant ce temps dans la vraie vie : « Russia admits its soldiers have been caught in Ukraine ».

A partir de quand on se dit que c’est un problème de remplacer toute l’actualité par du commentaire de commentaire politique ?

Russia admits its soldiers have been caught in Ukraine | World news | theguardian.com.

Pendant ce temps, dans le vrai monde : Amazon’s Twitch Acquisition Is Official

Amazon’s Twitch Acquisition Is Official | TechCrunch

Un milliard en cash pour une plateforme de vidéos en ligne créée il y a 3 ans. Y’aurait peut-être de belles opportunités à aider Ogaming ou Pomf et Thud en France ? Non ca n’intéresse personne ? L’emploi, la croissance, la jeunesse, toussa ?

Amazon’s Twitch Acquisition Is Official | TechCrunch.

Why do we keep talking of the « sharing economy » instead of the « renting economy »?

Airbnb is just one of dozens of companies to describe itself as part of the sharing economy — the idea of using the Internet to create person-to-person, or peer-to-peer, marketplaces that empower everyday people. The enabler — companies like Airbnb — gets a cut of each transaction it facilitates. While some sharing economy platforms promote in-kind trades among members, others, like Airbnb, tend to exchange services for money. Other well-known companies in this genre include car-sharing services Uber and Lyft.

On the surface, « sharing » may sound groovy — hey, it’s San Francisco, after all. But this new economy is creating social dislocation and tension that’s near a boiling point. And, despite the kumbaya-like pronouncements of companies touting sharing services, there’s one mega-force driving them: cash.

And when will we begin to address it for what it is? Renting and not sharing!

Vexed in the city: The ‘sharing’ economy’s hidden toll on San Francisco – CNET.

Antonio Casilli : quatre thèses sur la surveillance numérique de masse et la négociation de la vie privée

Les études annuelles du Conseil d’Etat offrent la possibilité d’accueillir des contributions qui, sans nécessairement engager le Conseil, permettent de compléter ou de faire connaître des points de vue utilement en décalage avec l’étude proprement dite. 
La contribution d’Antonio Casilli est particulièrement intéressante, elle est disponible ici, un peu en avance du rapport du Conseil d’Etat lui-même : http://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/docs/01/05/55/03/PDF/Contribution_M.CASILLI.pdf
La notion de surveillance participative touche juste, mais on va déjà plus loin. Ce qui apparaît aujourd’hui, ce n’est plus la seule surveillance, mais la mise en oeuvre d’une crowd-pressure destinée à influer les opinions en faisant pression sur les témoins, les participants d’un événement, etc. On est déjà passé de la surveillance participative à la manipulation participative.
Antonio Casili a également raison de dire que nous n’assistons pas à la fin de la vie privée. Nous sommes même en train de voir son épanouissement permanent. Nous n’avons jamais eu autant de vie privée. Nous en produisons de plus en plus. Et c’est autour de la captation et de la valorisation de la vie privée que se fixent les luttes de pouvoir. Quand Zuckerberg explique qu’il faut oublier la vie privée, ce qu’il veut vraiment dire, c’est qu’il faut cesser de la garder pour soi, et laisser son entreprise l’organiser à votre avantage. Ce n’est pas une guerre pour ou contre la vie privée, c’est une constatation de son extension permanente et un combat pour s’en assurer le contrôle au nom de ses producteurs.
Du coup – et je crois que c’est nouveau, il affirme que la vie privée devient l’objet d’une négociation collective. Il faut rétablir un équilibre entre les forces en présence dans cette négociation : les États, les acteurs du marché, les individus. On comprend très bien pourquoi il en appelle à des règles qui ne soient pas des droits fondamentaux – qui seraient inefficaces entre les individus et le marché, mais pas non plus une régulation – qui ne régleraient que les seuls problèmes des acteurs du marché entre eux. Ce qui est nécessaire c’est un cadre plus complexe permettant de rééquilibrer les relations entre individus et entreprises. Il sera difficile de le faire sans un environnement complet et notamment sans le juge.

Defense « Minister » of Donetsk had previous career as author of soviet-supremacy SF

Plenty of Room at the Top of Ukraine’s Fading Rebellion - NYTimes.com

In a bizarre revelation, the NYT discovered that the Deputy Defense Minister of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic’s had previous career as author of Soviet-supremacy science fiction.

That’s plain awesome.

Plenty of Room at the Top of Ukraine’s Fading Rebellion – NYTimes.com.

What to think about Uber picking David Plouffe to wage regulatory fight?

Uber Picks David Plouffe to Wage Regulatory Fight - NYTimes.com

Having mixed feelings about this. Is it still about building a better democracy with more engagement and participation?

Uber Picks David Plouffe to Wage Regulatory Fight – NYTimes.com.

Droit à l’oubli ou droit au déréférencement ?

Bien vu de la part de Jérôme Hourdeaux dans Mediapart.

Ce n’est donc pas un véritable droit à l’oubli que consacre la décision de la Cour de justice, mais plus un droit au déréférencement, à la désindexation.

La question est donc en fait de savoir s’il faut limiter le pouvoir d’indexation des moteurs de recherche, et à quelles conditions. C’est quand même plus limité.

via Internet confronté au défi du droit à l’oubli – Page 3 | Mediapart.

Silicon Valley’s lobbying methods in India raise questions and look right out the Shock Doctrine playbook.

Now it’s time for Silicon Valley to profit from the new Indian ecommerce laws it helped shape | PandoDaily

I was surprised to find this long and well-researched article from Mark Ames on Pando on the new US investments in India’s e-commerce sector, and the hight stakes politics that are involved – disrupting and reshuffling the political demographics of the world’s largets democracy.

The question is to know whether it will be possible to allow foreign companies to invest in Indian e-commerce.

As explained, there is an investment war going on. India’s Flipkart.com recently raised $1 billion from global venture capital firms, the largest venture investment ever into an Indian Internet company, and 2014’s second largest investment round after Uber. But less than 24 hours later, Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon would invest $2 billion into building up Amazon.in’s operations, the largest investment to date by an e-commerce company in India.

With the help of US e-commerce corporations and their affiliated intellectual machine – essayists, entrepreneurs, think tanks, academics – the Obama Administration has been pressuring India hard to open up its market — failing with the previous government, but apparently succeeding with Modi.

The ruling center-left government already accused Omidyar Network and the Ford Foundation of illegally lobbying parliament – « one of the most brazen examples of Silicon Valley strategically meddling in a sovereign nation’s politics. » as Mark Ames puts it. Modi’s plans are now to open up India’s e-commerce market as one of his first major policy moves, with the help of representatives from eBay/PayPal, Amazon and Google.

But betting with Modi is a risky bet that, if it goes bad, could redefine just how catastrophic “disruption” can be. He’s portraited as a populist playing with racism and hatred with a role in the brutal anti-Muslim pogroms in 2002, which left some 2000 Muslims murdered, and hundreds of thousands internally displaced.

For indians, the risk of opening their market is to rapidly centralize and monopolize power over large sectors of their economy. Netflix, Amazon, iTunes could become « superdominant entities that would enjoy real cost advantages over real-world rivals. » Quoting Stiglitz, « the real harm will not be to the retail sector. That is not the real problem. The harm will be to the Indian supply chain going into the retail sector. »

But as Mark Ames nails it, « the disruptive powers of Silicon Valley e-commerce could be one of Modi’s most effective political weapons. » What could be the next steps after opening up the e-commerce market? Gutting labor laws, opening India to foreign insurance giants and allowing huge outflows of capital. It would be the end of India’s socialist-minded supportive political economy. It would be the victory of India’s booming tech sector, its entrepreneurial class, its financial class, the winners in the new retail sector, and of course India’s wealthy, whose billionaires overwhelmingly support Modi… a destroyed economy and a country full of deadly riots, pogroms and hatred.

As Mark Ames explains it well, the question is not progress versus tradition, it’s that we should all be worried to see giants like Google, Amazon or eBay resort to the strategies of the 60’s US multinationals, using their money and power to open up countries and industries with the aim of increasing market access and profitability, and removing protective mechanisms, regardless of the cultural or social costs, and usually contributing to the creation of debt, poverty, and wealth disparity, often to the benefit of a small elite.

All of this with the help of an intellectual machine – essayists, entrepreneur, think tanks, academics – that allow them to go way further than simple lobbying but ends up providing the ideas, the conceptual framework and the ivy-league educated personnel that will eventually lead the country to their wills and needs.

Have you heard of Indonesia in 1965-66 under General Suharto – if not, watch The Act Of Killing? The Ford Foundation was already there, financing university exchange to ensure that a free market-minded « Berkley Mafia » to fill the ranks of the new administration in the years to come. Estimates of those killed range from half a million to a million.

Now it’s time for Silicon Valley to profit from the new Indian ecommerce laws it helped shape | PandoDaily.