March 20th, 2012
Our friends at Kaltura are offering free admission to Kaltura’s DevConnect 2012 event. Read on for more…
With online video revolutionizing so many aspects of our lives, improving the ways we communicate, educate, collaborate and even buy and sell, this the right time to get up to speed with what’s possible using today’s technology and help shape the technology of tomorrow, making video higher quality, faster to stream and easier to create. Join us this year at DevConnect, a full-day conference taking place in NYC in April 2nd , bringing together web & mobile developers, video experts and content makers who care about the future of web video. This year, we have a great line-up of speakers featuring luminaries from Disney, Avid, Internet Broadcasting, Cognizant, Remote Learner, Paypal, eBay, Sencha and more.
Join us in these insightful sessions and many more sessions and hands-on workshops, shaping the future of online video – Check out the agenda at: http://devconnect.kaltura.org/agenda
The first 25 readers to register get a FREE ticket!
And if you’re too late, we have a special $100 discount for OVA friends at:
March 18th, 2012
Guest post by Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons
Khan Academy has been killing it. The popular video education website now contains over 3,000 educational videos, with topics ranging from basic algebra to 17th century baroque painting. The Khan Academy videos are made available on their website under an open license which allows users to not only view the videos, but also incorporate the video in their websites and remix the videos for their customized educational needs. Khan has delivered almost 130 million of these video lessons to hungry learners online. The Khan Academy videos are Open Educational Resources–OER for short.
Open Educational Resources are free to use and always permit users to engage in the “4Rs”: they can revise, reuse, remix, and redistribute the OER. Online, these automatic permissions are super useful because they save teachers, students, and self learners the time, money, and effort of having to track down the owner and ask their permission to use the learning resource. Open Educational Resources have been around now for over 10 years. You may have heard of some big OER projects such as MIT OpenCourseWare or CK-12 open textbooks. Most Open Educational Resources are licensed under Creative Commons licenses.
The problem with OER is that not that many people know about them. So, Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Institute have teamed up to host the Why Open Education Matters video competition. We want people to create short videos that explains the benefits and promise of Open Educational Resources for teachers, students and schools everywhere. Even U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is a champion of OER, and recorded a short video that introduces the contest. The first prize winner will be awarded $25,000, and we’ve lined up some great judges, including Nina Paley, Davis Guggenheim, and James Franco. Please jump in and share your creative video-making skills to explain and promote OER.
Submissions are due by June 5, 2012 on http://whyopenedmatters.org. We’re eating our own dog food too–any video that is submitted must be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license so that it can be freely used and shared by anyone to help explain Open Educational Resources. Roll camera!
January 19th, 2012
Yesterday we joined the largest online protest in history, adding our site to hundreds of others that went dark in a statement against SOPA and PIPA. We blew up twitter from 106,500 mentions of the term “SOPA” to more than 3.5 million today (cool visual here). Politicians took notice, and even Orrin Hatch removed his co-sponsorship despite receiving almost $1.2 million from large media companies and pro-PIPA groups.
As you likely know by now, SOPA and PIPA attempt to combat piracy at the expense of massive changes to the way the web works. For a refresher on the problems SOPA and PIPA pose, check out these great multimedia explainers or this breakdown from the Washington Post. You can also read about the bills, including viewing their full text, on OpenCongress: SOPA and PIPA.
The blackout effort was designed to educate users about the power these bills have to completely shut down sites that may contain one problematic page or link among thousands. While public opinion has turned on this legislation and support for SOPA is waning, the fight is far from over. The PROTECT IP Act, a.k.a. PIPA, is still up for a Senate floor vote on January 24. Though SOPA itself may be shelved for the time being, we’re likely to see it, or perhaps a more palatable form of the same problematic legislation, reappear in the future.
That’s why we need to keep up debate and discussion of the underlying issues driving SOPA. While some assert that lawmakers and content creators simply don’t understand the way the internet works, it’s also arguable that supporters of this bill do understand what they are potentially creating: a “consumption-only internet” that “locks down this emerging ecosystem” of openly available, user-driven content. Maplight offers a breakdown and infographic demonstrating the disproportionate financial support coming from the entertainment industry compared to funds from Silicon Valley opposing the bill. These purveyors of traditional forms of content and content delivery have yet to comment on changing public opinion towards SOPA, with MPAA CEO Chris Dodd instead opting to bizarrely slam blackouts that simulate the potential outcome of a censored internet as “abuse[s] of power.”
The Open Video Alliance seeks to support free expression over heavy-handed copyright regimes that trump creativity and shared cultural resources. At the time of last year’s Open Video Conference, tech entrepreneurs and activists were just beginning to respond to PIPA. Meanwhile, we covered topics at the conference like alternative copyright education (session notes here) and defensive patent licensing (session notes here) — constructive alternatives to protecting creative work that keep the web open for makers of all kinds.
Check back over the days to come for more information and statements from Open Video Alliance members on SOPA and PIPA. Join us in the comments and on Twitter with your thoughts on this legislation and suggestions for action.