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On Saturday 15 September the world celebrates Software Freedom Day. Software Freedom Day aims to promote some thought about how important software is to our modern lives. It highlights the need to consider the importance of open software. As we come to rely more and more on technology to live our lives, fully engaged with society, it is crucial that we consider what closed systems mean and celebrate and support open platforms.

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When we get information from the web it isn’t raw data it is filtered by the systems we use, the search engine or the social media tool we like. If you are under the impression that you are getting impartial information you need to think again.

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It’s Digital Literacy Awareness Week at Waikato and I’ve been forced to think about how to describe digital literacy.   For me, digital literacy is about the way that we approach our use of technology and the meaning it brings to us.  

About 4 years ago, I had taken my son (who was eight at the time) to his swimming lesson.  Afterwards, he wanted to know if Mum had gotten something ready for him.  I said that I wasn't sure but that we could phone her.  He immediately replied, "But you don't have a phone Dad"...

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With the three strikes law and piracy issues popping up in the news it is really good to be able to find an alternative copyright system. Creative Commons is an international non-profit that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use with their work. This allows creators to tell their audience how they can legally share, reuse and remix their material.

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We will have a number of coffee courses that you can do online. What are coffee courses? They are not about making coffee they are made up of short, informal learning activities that can be completed in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee. You choose the activity, the time, the place, and the beverage.

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